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Greg Garrett
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Greg Garrett is (according to BBC Radio) one of America's leading voices on religion and culture. He is the author or co-author of over twenty books of fiction, theology, cultural criticism, and spiritual autobiography. His most recent books are The Prodigal, written with the legendary Brennan Manning, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination, and My Church Is Not Dying: Episcopalians in the 21st Century. A contributor to Patheos since 2010, Greg also writes for the Huffington Post, Salon.com, OnFaith, The Tablet, Reform, and other web and print publications in the US and UK.

Works by Greg Garrett
Seeking a Social Network: The Oscars 2011
Greg Garrett | February 21, 2011
I don't know if Hollywood needs a hug, but I do. And this year, I feel like the Academy......
Taxes, Rights, and Responsibilities: Part 1
Greg Garrett | February 17, 2011
To Tax or Not to Tax: What are my God-given rights and responsibilities as an American......
Christian realism suggests that sometimes as a nation we must use power in ways that......
The problem for mainstream American Christianity has become a simple one: it has gotten......
You're Stupid (And I'm 100% Right)
Greg Garrett | February 02, 2012
I believe I'm called to recognize that the essential differences between Republican,......
"I attend an Episcopal church, but I still carry with me attitudes and convictions from......
Can We Talk About Abortion?
Greg Garrett | July 07, 2013
How might we talk to each other with respect and in Christian love -- even when we......
Taking the Dave Test? Learn to Tell the Truth
Greg Garrett | October 14, 2013
So much of our religious language seeks to insert meaning where there may be no meaning,......
Greg Garrett talks with author Timothy Beach-Verhey about what a 20th-century theologian......
Yes, Republicans should moderate their views on social issues like gay marriage. But not......
When the world is raging and our thoughts are raging along with it, it's hard to be a......
Public Confessions: Good Enough?
Greg Garrett | January 29, 2013
Why do Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o, and other celebrities, politicians, and athletes go......
One Day More: Spirituality at the 2013 Oscars
Greg Garrett | February 17, 2013
This year's Best Picture films seem to espouse a common spiritual message: You have to......
Hunger Games, Politics, and Jesus
Greg Garrett | April 10, 2012
Julie Clawson and Greg Garrett discuss why popular culture and Washington, D.C. are both......
Hell on Women and Horses
Greg Garrett | September 04, 2012
If Republicans style themselves the party of Christian values, then why don't they value......
When we look closely at the sins of the Capitol, they are our sins -- exaggerated, to be......
I Am Third: First Steps Toward an American Political Ethic. Our latest post on Religion......
Harry Potter and Stanley Hauerwas remind us that if all are to be taken care of, if all......
Greed
Greg Garrett | November 11, 2010
How should Christians respond to the inordinate concentration of power and influence......
In some ways, America is like a big Freshman Comp class: it thinks it already knows what......
Post-9/11 Literature: Darkness and Light
Greg Garrett | August 24, 2011
How popular culture -- especially literature -- has helped us have the post-9/11......
Advent: Here Am I
Greg Garrett | December 22, 2011
Mary, that frightened teenager who became Mary, the Mother of God, can teach us, if we......
After Anger, Fear, and 9/11
Greg Garrett | September 07, 2011
After a spiritually and otherwise dismal decade, is it time to move forward after the......
Popular columnist Greg Garrett picks the top cultural "events" from 2011 that carried......
God, the Funeral Crasher: Clay Morgan's Undead
Greg Garrett | October 15, 2012
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Greg Garrett | March 25, 2013
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Faith in the Election: In Trump We Trust?
Greg Garrett | June 01, 2016
Christians may not be voting from their belief in biblical principles or church......
"You and I have been called for just such a time as this. This is our vision. This is......
Queen Elizabeth: Semper Fi
Greg Garrett | June 05, 2012
Why Queen Elizabeth, she of the Jubilee, she of pomp and wealth, is nonetheless a......
What do you do when you and another fellow Christian really don't agree?...
Before Santa Claus there was St. Nicholas. Who was this patron saint of children, patron......
What does a life lived in love and seeking reconciliation with those who differ from us......
What the hit TV series Lost shows us about how much we need each other to survive....
Any suggestion that a cold-blooded killer is God's agent to punish a wicked land is......
"Every Sunday people choose us. So I believe it is important to understand why they are......
Why I Am (Still) An Episcopalian
Greg Garrett | July 31, 2015
I'm not Episcopalian because I think the Church needs me; I am Episcopalian because a......
Knowing that the God who loves us totally wants to be loved totally in response offers a......
"God and the Gay Christian" could convince anyone wrestling with a biblical reason to......
If young people view the Church as unsafe, we just might be raising the most......
Sometimes a place becomes so important to you that you can't imagine what your life......
Convenient Lies or Appalling Frankness?
Greg Garrett | April 29, 2012
We all live in what British political writer Iain Martin describes as a "culture of spin......
W's Traveling Torture Show
Greg Garrett | November 18, 2010
I love my nation and my family, but I believe that there are some things that should not......
What Would Jesus Cut?
Greg Garrett | March 10, 2011
Can you tell me what in scripture or the tradition makes you think that Jesus would cut......
How does the government's church criticize the government? How can it serve as a......
Famine and Feast: Who Are Our Neighbors?
Greg Garrett | November 22, 2011
I've got several responses as we consider the question of helping others across the......
Sharing a Table: My Ramadan Dinner
Greg Garrett | September 01, 2011
I finished Ramadan convinced that people of good faith on both sides of the......
Giving Up Hate Speech Cold-Turkey
Greg Garrett | January 27, 2011
In a world filled with violent and hateful rhetoric, Christians are called to give up......
Ancient Future Disciples: A Q&A with Becky Garrison
Greg Garrett | January 13, 2012
"How many of us are really prepared to follow the way of this radical rule breaker?"......
I know why "spiritual but not religious" might seem to some people like a very good......
The Anglican Way: Spiritual and Communal
Greg Garrett | April 17, 2015
It's spiritually important to be reminded that we are part of something bigger than......
The conclusion reached in the new book Fight is clear and cannot be nuanced: the......
Faithful Fiction: A Review of "A Land Without Sin"
Greg Garrett | September 03, 2013
"A Land Without Sin" treats the great human themes -- love, faith, family, forgiveness,......
In Faithful Citizenship, I said something very much like Mr. Mehl-Laituri does in his......
Author James Wellman argues that Rob Bell may be the bellwether of a new American......
Your Preacher Might Be Gay
Greg Garrett | June 13, 2012
I wish I could tell my grandmother that some days her Jesus and my Jesus seem to be, at......
Hating the Duggars
Greg Garrett | May 27, 2015
As much as I love hating the Duggars and love crowing about how much better I am, I too......
Unlike Christians of the past 500 years who focused on doctrine, Francis operated more......
Winners and Losers
Greg Garrett | November 03, 2010
To make holding on to our own money an absolute value leads us in dangerous theological......
The End of Harry Potter: A View from Britain
Greg Garrett | July 05, 2011
In largely post-Christian Britain, the most popular export since tea has its basis in......
How might the Royal Wedding represent something good and beautiful and spiritual despite......
Let Advent Comfort Ye
Greg Garrett | December 16, 2011
As you think about the Advent season, the Christmas rush, and the new year ahead, where......
Advent: Crying in the Wilderness
Greg Garrett | December 08, 2011
Today in Advent when we hear about John the Baptist, what are we being called to do?...
"25 Books" is, to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, an attempt not to elevate the new, but......
The Hunger Games and Us
Greg Garrett | March 27, 2012
Millions of people are sitting to watch "The Hunger Games." Will anyone stand up, ala......
In a nation full of Christians, how is it, that at the end of the day, enlightened......
Christians and Guns
Greg Garrett | January 25, 2011
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Why I'm Voting For...
Greg Garrett | October 31, 2012
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An Open Letter to Joel Osteen
Greg Garrett | May 09, 2012
It's a fine line from bad theology to belief in magic....
Jesus Is Not Coming Soon
Greg Garrett | March 10, 2013
It's not just Rapture prophets who make Christians look bad. Let's all stop talking......
True holiness comes from placing God first -- and not mistaking faith for patriotism....
Saving America 2.0: Calling for a New Future
Greg Garrett | August 15, 2012
A new book, American Dream 2.0, opens up an uncomfortable conversation about change and......
We need to hear the old stories in new ways to understand our own story of life in......
Joss Whedon, How Do I Love Thee?
Greg Garrett | April 10, 2013
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" director Joss Whedon knows that we need to be a part of......
We are a more credible, more authentic voice when we are linked to the ancient faith of......
What N. T. Wright has given us in his two-volume study is the master class on Paul that......
When churches ignore or marginalize mental illness, they fail at the most basic......
Despite our cultural differences, the Rev. Waters and I are both seeking ultimate......
Rather than canonizing Lewis, McGrath's meticulously detailed book succeeds in......
Faithful Citizenship: A Book Excerpt
Greg Garrett | April 11, 2012
What does it mean to be a faithful citizen in the 21st century? Read Chapter One from......
Does God Think America Is Chosen?
Greg Garrett | November 26, 2010
However widespread the belief of American "exceptionalism" might be, can one argue from......
Merry Christmas? Don't you mean Blessed Advent?
Greg Garrett | December 16, 2010
When we speak a seasonal greeting, I believe the impulse behind it matters more than our......
How Churches Break: A Response to Rodney Stark
Greg Garrett | August 09, 2010
Are Evangelicals the new mainline? Not so fast . . . An Episcopal lay leader responds to......
Can secular government have a part in doing God's justice? Can taxes and spending help......
Lenten Lessons: Wisdom from the Desert
Greg Garrett | March 24, 2011
The Desert Fathers and Mothers are sometimes marginalized today as freaks, hermits, or......
What I'd propose as an underlying theology for a 21st-century progressive Christianity......
How did Britain's most prominent Prime Minister see the relationship between his......
Politics, Religion, and Culture: Top Picks 2010
Greg Garrett | January 06, 2011
Here are some of the pop culture artifacts from 2010 carrying powerful lessons about......
What Is Your Highest Good?
Greg Garrett | February 10, 2011
When security is our highest good, we tend to live tiny, frightened lives that keep us......
Taxes, Rights, and Responsibilities: Part 2
Greg Garrett | February 24, 2011
As we as a Nation debate what to cut and what to spend, what do the Bible and the......
"X-Men: First Class" Dealing with Difference
Greg Garrett | May 25, 2011
Why does the X-Men story continue to be spiritually powerful almost fifty years after......
For the sake of my kids -- of all the kids watching you grab at the high life -- could......
Preaching the Social Media Gospel
Greg Garrett | July 15, 2013
Today's church is already wired, and if your parish isn't taking full advantage of all......
A third to a half of us are introverts, and yet our schools, our businesses, and yes,......
Jesus Hates Guns
Greg Garrett | August 05, 2012
Does the Christian tradition suggest that guns be widely available in America, as those......
In an insanely violent culture that has led to a million American murders since 1968,......
Made of Love: A Review of Cloud Cult's "Love"
Greg Garrett | March 19, 2013
As I listened to the album, I noticed more than once that I was performing that action......
Thank God for Rowdy Women
Greg Garrett | July 02, 2013
Senator Davis' filibuster was a victory for rowdy women everywhere who know their rights......
Brennan Manning: The Prodigal Goes Home
Greg Garrett | April 15, 2013
Working on a final novel together, Brennan re-taught me this great lesson: God already......
Joe Paterno, Football, and False Gods
Greg Garrett | July 18, 2012
The Hebrew Testament proscriptions against false gods strike us as ridiculous and......
Is speaking your truth as a politician -- especially when it's not what people want to......
What if Jeremiah Wright is Right?
Greg Garrett | May 22, 2012
Why are American Christians offended to hear that America might be wrong?...
What Is Essential?
Greg Garrett | September 27, 2012
In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty. In all things, love....
Why We Should Do Politics like Episcopalians
Greg Garrett | August 27, 2012
Could the Episcopal process of "via media," or the middle way, cultivate greater truth......
Perhaps the reason we're so drawn to Christmas films year after year is that consciously......
Obama's Theology of Gay Marriage
Greg Garrett | May 16, 2012
In his response on gay marriage, the President cited the Golden Rule, a......
From the comeback of a beloved quarterback to the completion of a beloved movie trilogy,......
Reading the Bible After 9/11
Greg Garrett | August 15, 2011
How to approach the Bible with the best available sources -- and not just those you......
No other figure has the range of life experiences with Jesus or testifies so powerfully......
Seeing the World through Resurrection Eyes
Greg Garrett | April 20, 2011
Do we really believe in the risen Christ? And if we do -- or don't -- how does that......
The Other Jesus: A Book Excerpt
Greg Garrett | April 01, 2011
Christianity has often been taught as this equation you solve for x. But if we don't......
Spiritual Lessons I Learned At Disney World
Greg Garrett | June 08, 2011
Setting aside all the things I could say about what's spiritually wrong with Disney......
An Open Letter to Joel Osteen
Greg Garrett | June 01, 2011
I've come to believe that your nicey-nicey message and your God of infinite promises is......
If we want to avoid turning our neighbors into monsters, we must become informed, and......
God Commands Compassion, Not Evangelism
Greg Garrett | October 05, 2011
Christianity is not about praying in a certain way, or believing a certain thing, or......
Famine and Feast: Bono, ONE, and the Kingdom of God
Greg Garrett | November 02, 2011
In this month of Thanksgiving, we'll explore the problem of hunger and look to U2's Bono......
Christians and Guns
Greg Garrett | January 20, 2011
Love for our neighbors suggests that we should accept restrictions on some absolute......
It will take commitment to this call: to relearn community, real community, to remind......
In Jesus' ministry, healing the demon-possessed seems to be as important as healing the......
I believe this is where I want to land theologically and spiritually on violence in my......
One of the youngest and most dynamic bishops in the Episcopal Church reflects on the......
Does it matter to you whether or not a candidate for office is Christian?...
Patheos Faith and Politics columnist Greg Garrett offers his top four game-changers of......
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Why I Am a Christian
Greg Garrett | March 26, 2013
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The Key Issues Are Not Issues
Greg Garrett | October 23, 2012
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Seeing the World with Resurrection Eyes
Greg Garrett | March 26, 2015
The resurrection story, however we understand it, whether or not we can explain it,......
Best-selling true crime author Suzy Spencer leaves one mystery behind for another -- the......
A great work of great imagination like The Hobbit can entertain us, but it can also......
Faithful citizenship requires, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said on the last night of his......
Here's how to read and understand the Bible, the Anglican "middle" way....
Is There Really a Devil?
Greg Garrett | October 18, 2010
I'd dearly love to blame my faint-heartedness, faithlessness, and fickleness on some Big......
Fighting Islamophobia with Information
Greg Garrett | August 17, 2011
Muslim Americans love America, and are here not to spread their faith, but for the......
The American frontier individualism ethos that Gov. Perry and the Tea Party embrace is......
America Is Scared of Itself
Greg Garrett | October 20, 2011
A new book reveals how the monsters of the American imagination are also the monsters of......
Drive, Ryan Gosling, and the Violent Jesus
Greg Garrett | September 28, 2011
The new movie "Drive" illuminates America in the here and now in ways that are......
Did the Founding Fathers want to create a Christian nation? It depends where you look......
Rowan Williams: Faithful Citizen
Greg Garrett | October 02, 2012
In his new collection of speeches, the Archbishop of Canterbury offers a stirring model......
Without active engagement in conversation about the life of faith -- what it is, what it......
I'm Angry! We're Persecuted! Read This Column!
Greg Garrett | September 18, 2012
Our discourse is as badly broken as our political system. Why? Because we'd rather feel......
A Merry Public Christmas
Greg Garrett | December 09, 2010
Insisting that people say "Merry Christmas" won't make people believe what we believe......
Would Jesus Work on Christmas?
Greg Garrett | December 23, 2010
Is it sacrilegious for the United States Senate to work during the Christmas holidays?...
Lenten Lessons: The Wisdom of St. Benedict
Greg Garrett | March 30, 2011
The Benedictine way of continually seeking after God offers something we could emulate......
The Two Cities: A Review of The Pope Who Quit
Greg Garrett | March 05, 2012
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"Don Jon," Christians, and Porn
Greg Garrett | September 30, 2013
Don Jon, like many of us, is all about me and mine, and porn is emblematic of that......
In this exclusive interview for Patheos, the Zaleskis explain their attraction to the......
God and Public Life: Faithful Citizenship
Greg Garrett | October 13, 2010
A Baylor University professor introduces a new weekly column on religion and politics....
On this ninth anniversary of an act of hate, surrounded by recurring acts of hate, I......
This Christmas, Give Presence
Greg Garrett | December 02, 2010
The question this Christmas is still, as always, about choosing between God and Mammon:......
Hope Yet for Mainline Denominations
Greg Garrett | July 26, 2010
The history, practice, and theology of mainline Christianity may in fact be better......
The richest 400 of us now control more wealth than 150,000,000 of us. What is our......
If I could give one piece of advice to those grieving in Norway, it would be to take on......
St. Francis showed the world -- and generations to come -- what a passionate and......
Media, Morality, and Rupert Murdoch
Greg Garrett | July 13, 2011
It seems that Britons who once delighted in titillating stories now are discovering they......
Becoming American? A Book Review
Greg Garrett | September 19, 2011
A new book shows that American Muslims embrace America and want to be embraced in return......
Who Is My Enemy?
Greg Garrett | September 14, 2011
"We are right to be incensed at terrorist acts -- but wrong to ignore our own violation......
Each of us has a role to play in this fight for the world's poorest people. It's not......