Author Eric Metaxas set to speak at Lee
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Eric Metaxas
Eric Metaxas
Best-selling author Eric Metaxas, whose most prominent work is the intriguing biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and who is a regular commentator on several network news stations, has been named a featured speaker on the Lee University campus Nov. 14.

Bonhoeffer was the Lutheran pastor who was martyred because of his heroic stand and outspoken opposition against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement.

Metaxas will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Lee University Chapel as part of the new facility’s dedicatory series.

A graduate of Yale University, Metaxas has also written a biography of William Wilberforce, numerous children’s books, and scripts for the popular animated series “Veggie Tales.”

He is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and also appears frequently on NPR, The History Channel and C-Span’s Book TV.

“Eric is currently one of the most sought-after authors and speakers in America,” said Lee’s Vice President for University Relations Jerome Hammond. “We are thrilled to bring him to campus for what promises to be a brilliant evening.”

Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., an event attended by the president and first lady, the vice president, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders. He is also founder and host of the popular speaking series, “Socrates in the City,” a Manhattan forum described as “entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on life, God, and other small topics.”

On Nov. 15, Lee students will have an opportunity to hear Metaxas in the Conn Center Chapel service starting at 10:40 a.m.

In that forum Metaxes is expected to tell about his unusual conversion experience. After growing up in a socially religious context, Metaxas had a series of meaningful encounters culminating in a life-changing dream. In a 2009 interview, he summarized his transrational change, saying, “There are certain things that are true, but it doesn’t mean you can prove them; just because someone can’t explain something, doesn’t mean that it’s not explainable or true.”

“This is going to be an extraordinary evening,” Hammond said. “For anyone who enjoys a good story about history, religion, politics or timeless heroes, this will be a night to remember.”

Metaxes’ writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Marks Hill Review and First Things.

For ticket information, contact the Office of Community Relations at 614-8598 or

Metaxas’ biographies of Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer are available now.