Dr. Garrett, a professor of English at Baylor University, is an expert in politics and religion as well as pop culture; a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church; and the author of several books about religion, film, pop culture and spirituality.
In his book, Faithful Citizenship, he examines Christian actions and values amid an era of nasty political partisanship and vitriolic rhetoric, noting that Christians, by and large, do not distinguish themselves with gracious politics. The book explores how believers can find a better, more faithful citizenship, and Garrett looks to biblical texts as well as voices from Christian history, among them St. Augustine, John Calvin, and America's Founding Fathers.
Among his other books are Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination; One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter; The Gospel According to Hollywood; We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel According to U2; Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief; Free Bird; The Other Jesus and Crossing Myself, his spiritual autobiography. His novella Minuet won the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction. Garrett blogs for The Huffington Post and writes a weekly column for Patheos.
He earned his bachelor's and master's degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., his master's of divinity degree from The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, and his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.
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