Dr. R. R. Reno is the editor of First Things magazine, one of America’s most influential religious journals. He was formerly the professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University and is the author of several books. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Reno because he consistently offers an informed, imaginative, and insightful view of American politics from a Christian point of view. His analysis of the fundamental trends in American society and an America divided are telling about the future, with an eye toward possible solutions.
Born and raised in Maryland, Dr. Reno received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1983 and completed his PhD in theology at Yale University in 1990. Shortly afterwards, he received his first faculty appointment at Creighton University where he taught theology and ethics for the next 20 years. In 2010 Dr. Reno took a leave of absence to work full-time at First Things, where he has remained the publication’s editor since 2011.
He is the author of Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism and the Future of the West (2019), Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society (2016), Fighting the Noonday Devil — and Other Essays Personal and Theological (2011), Genesis (2010), In the Ruins of the Church (2002), Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul (2002) and the co-author of Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible (2005) and Heroism and The Christian Life (2000).
Dr. Reno is the father of two adult children and currently lives in New York City with his wife.