Baylor ISR Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author for Special Event

March 28, 2013
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Media contact: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (March 28, 2013)-- As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seized a nation, terrorized a continent and attempted to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer sought to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside.

Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion welcomes New York Times-bestselling author Eric Metaxas to discuss his award-winning book, "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy." Metaxas, in an effort to illuminate the character of Bonhoeffer, tells the story of the theologian and spy, drawing a searing picture of a man with incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Paul W. Powell Chapel of Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, 1100 S. Third St.

Metaxas' book was recently named the "Book of the Year" by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, Kirkus Review, NPR, Fox News, C-SPAN's Book TV and more.

Currently, Metaxas serves as the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary ( that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of more than eight million.

Past publications include the biography "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery." Published by HarperOne, Metaxas' biography served as the official companion book to the feature film "Amazing Grace."

For more information or to register for the event, visit or call 254-710-7555. Registration is free and available to the public.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Launched in August 2004, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) exists to initiate, support and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology and religious studies. The institute's mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history, and embraces the study of religious effects on prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development and social conflict. While always striving for appropriate scientific objectivity, ISR scholars treat religion with the respect that sacred matters require and deserve. For more information, visit

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