Eric Metaxas

Speaker and Bestselling Author

Praxis Circle Contributor Eric Metaxas is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the award-winning biography Bonhoeffer, and is host of the nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Radio Show. He is also the founder and host of the event series Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life. Praxis Circle interviewed Eric because of his perspective on orthodox Christianity, his ability to see and describe threats to American society, culture, and liberties, and his ongoing leadership dedicated to serving Christ.

Mr. Metaxas was born in New York City to immigrant parents. He grew up in Danbury, Connecticut and graduated Yale University with a B.A. in English. While at Yale, he edited the nation’s oldest college humor magazine, the Yale Record.

Mr. Metaxas’s literary career includes an eclectic variety of essays, op-ed articles, book and movie reviews, biographies, works of apologetics, and more than 30 children’s books. From 1988-1992, Metaxas was editorial director and head writer for Rabbit Ears Productions, writing children’s videos and books narrated by actors such as Robin Williams, Jodie Foster, Emma Thompson, among others. He has authored many successful children’s books, including It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, which has sold over 800,000 copies. He has also written bestsellers, scripts, and voiced for VeggieTales.

From 1997-1999, Mr. Metaxas was a writer and editor for Chuck Colson’s BreakPoint. After Colson’s passing in 2012, both Mr. Metaxas and John Stonestreet became the voice of the BreakPoint radio commentary that’s broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million listeners.

In 2007, Mr. Metaxas wrote his first biography, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery (2007), followed by Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2011) and Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World (2017). His biography on Bonhoeffer became a #1 New York Times bestseller, won multiple awards, sold over a million copies, and has been translated into 25 languages. The success and reception of Bonhoeffer greatly influenced the career and public platform that Mr. Metaxas has today.

Mr. Metaxas’s other popular books include Miracles: What They Are, How They Happen, And How They Can Change Your Life (2014),  Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness (2015), Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness (2016), If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty (2017), Seven More Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness (2020), Fish Out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life (2021), Is Atheism Dead? (2021), Letter to the American Church (2022), and Religionless Christianity (2024).

He has received multiple awards, including the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom in 2011 and the Human Life Review’s “Great Defender of Life Award” in 2013. He has also received honorary Doctorates from Hillsdale College, Liberty University, and Sewanee: The University of the South.

Today, Mr. Metaxas is a sought-after speaker and has traveled extensively to discuss his books and provide cultural commentary. He has testified before Congress about the rise of anti-Semitism and was the keynote speaker at National Prayer Breakfast in 2012. He has debated at the Oxford Union and moderated debates featuring intellectual figures such as Peter Singer and Praxis Circle Contributor Bart Ehrman. He continues to write extensively and much of his work can be found in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His event series Socrates in the City, described as “entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on life, God, and other small topics” features a variety of conversations with prominent individuals such as Malcolm Gladwell, Peter Thiel, astronaut Charlie Duke, David Berlinski, Sir John Polkinghorne, Richard John Neuhaus, Dick Cavett, N. T. Wright, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Dame Alice von Hildebrand, Peter Hitchens, Peter Kreeft, Sir Jonathan Sacks, Praxis Circle Contributor Os Guinness, and Caroline Kennedy.

He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and is the father to one daughter.