About Jeremy Lott

JeremyLott.jpgJeremy Lott has written about religion for many periodicals, from The Washington Post to Christianity Today to the late great Linguafranca. He is a contributing editor to Books & Culture and his feature story on the Christian culture industry, “Jesus Sells,” was collected in The Best Christian Writing 2004. His career so far includes stints at several magazines, from Reason to The American Spectator, and his journalism has appeared in a number of foreign publications in Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

Jeremy is a convert to the Catholic Church. He divides his time between Lynden, Washington, a small Dutch Reformed town near the Canadian border, and Fairfax, Virginia. His bachelor’s diploma in biblical studies from Trinity Western University arrived in the mail after he accidentally graduated.

Jeremy wrote for GetReligion from September 2004 to July 2005. He is now writing a book about hypocrisy.

The American Spectator
Books & Culture
The Christian Science Monitor
Colby Cosh
The Economist
“Jesus Sells”
Mark Shea
The Spectator (U.K.)

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  • Joshua Cordell

    Coverted to Catholicism from what? If I may ask.

  • http://www.central.edu Chad Ray

    I don’t know what religion Lott converted from, but if he is typical of his native community, he may be of Dutch Reformed heritage. That would be Calvinist. But let’s get the name of the tradition and theology right; it’s Reformed, not “Reform”.

    Chad Ray

  • RyanH

    Actually, Lynden is more typically described as Christian Reformed rather than Dutch Reformed. Dutch Reformed brings to mind South Africa, which is related historically to the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA), but they are distinct denominations.

    I do know that Lott is not a typically Dutch name, so perhaps Jeremy could elaborate on whether he is a native to Lynden or not. Of course, 30.6% of Lynden residents claim Dutch ancestry, so it’s entirely possible that he’s a non-Dutch native. How about it, Jeremy?

  • http://jeremiads.blogspot.com Jeremy Lott

    I knew I was asking for trouble when I decided not to disable comments. To answer the questions:

    1) I was a Baptist. (Good joke here: A Reformed friend wanted to introduce me to a girl. His wife asked, about me, “Is he Reformed.” Answer: “No, but I could.”)

    2) I went back and forth on this and decided to add an “ed” to Dutch Reform above. I think both terms work and I’ve heard Reform”ed” friends go both ways on this (maybe it’s part of the American linguistic tic to shorten things) but I recognize that those extra letters carry a certain theological import to many.

    3) I understand the Dutch Reformed vs. Christian Reformed conflict but, look, the important things about Lynden to an outsider are that it is very Reformed and very Dutch.

    4) I’m a mix of Irish, Swedish, English, Welsh, Native American, and a few other nationalities. At least a plurality of me is Irish.

    5) This is my adopted hometown. I was born in California and grew up mostly in Portland, Oregon, and Tacoma, Washington. But I like it here.

    And that is all.

  • http://www.joe-perez.com/weblog.htm Joe Perez

    I assume you mean Roman Catholic. Welcome aboard, Jeremy. Looking forward to reading your contribution here.

  • Ross Vermeer

    Thanks to Chad Ray, and to Jeremy, for clearing up the little suffix problem. It’s a common one that always bothers me, too. In line with what Terry Mattingly’s posted today about the importance of getting labels just right in religion reportage, even two letters can make a difference.

    By the way, Dr Ray — I was your student at Central in the mid-80s — I did an independent study of classical philosophy with you. Fancy meeting you here!

  • http://blidiot.blogspot.com/ Blithering Idiot

    This is one of the best places on the web for religion news and commentary — I am thrilled to see Mr. Lott joining in and adding more.

  • http://clientandserver.com dw

    Lynden. That explains a lot. I’ve met a lot more Lynden refugees than Lynden residents. It makes Tulsa look liberal and unchurched by comparison.

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  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    I found it interesting that Jeremy Lott lives in a “Dutch Reformed” town, not too many of those around here. But here in Lynn, Mass. my great, great,great grandfather was the minister of this city’s Dutch Reformed Church. In fact years ago I found his old early 1800′s gravestone in one of our ancient, historic cemeteries. But I was brought up Catholic and am now an ordained married Catholic deacon.

    When I found my ancestor’s grave, I couldn’t resist. I made the sign of the cross and said a Hail Mary for the repose of his soul if still in Purgatory. I waited, but the earth gave no indication of a corpse spinning under it. That might be because I am very proud of my Protestant ancestry and even say so from the pulpit once in a while–though I am a very traditionalist Catholic.

  • http://www.istillworshipzeus.com J. Said

    I was reading your blog and I just thought you’d be interested in knowing about a documentary about people in Greece who still worship the Greek gods and the socio-political problems they face there in a 98% Christian Orthodox society.
    It just was released. Homepage http://www.istillworshipzeus.com

  • Jeremy Lott (of Shreveport, Louisiana)

    Hello, my name is Jeremy Lott also! What was the main reason you converted from baptist? I’m a baptist myself, I was just wondering.

  • http://pursueroftruth.blogspot.com/ PursuerofTruth

    Jeremy (of Shreveport): I could give you lots of reasons. And I too live in Shreveport. Email me at hqdavis@yahoo.com and we’ll talk.

  • mark

    well, my wife converted from Catholicism to non-denominational, most importantly though, she became a Christian in the process….before she was a backslidden Catholic who didn’t have the first idea what the gospel was.