Welcome, Eric Metaxas
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Lee University has scored another victory for literary intrigue and open-minded thought with the recent announcement of the appearance on campus of Eric Metaxas, a best-selling author whose most prominent work is the biography of a man who dared to oppose evil.

He was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor who spoke out against — and quite vehemently — the Nazi dictatorship that paralyzed Europe in the late 1930s and early ’40s. He not only spoke against Adolf Hitler’s premeditated murder of millions of European Jews, but was active in a plot by the Abwehr — the German Military Intelligence Office — to assassinate the leader of the venomous Third Reich.

History records the story of the plot’s eventual failure, Bonhoeffer’s arrest in April 1943 by the Nazi Gestapo, and of his execution by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Bonhoeffer’s execution came just 23 days before the German surrender to U.S. and allied forces.

Reflections on the Bonhoeffer biography will be only a part of the Metaxas presentation scheduled for Nov. 14 in the beautiful new Chapel on the Lee University campus. Metaxas’ appearance comes as part of the Chapel’s dedicatory series.

His presentation will get under way at 6:30 p.m.

The talented writer is known for many other influences within the news media industry. The graduate of Yale University is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and also appears frequently on National Public Radio, The History Channel and C-Span’s Book TV.

Another of Metaxas’ most popular works is a biography of William Wilberforce, an English politician and philanthropist (1759 to 1833) who became a leader in the movement to abolish slave trade. A champion of religion, morality and education, the sometimes publicly criticized Wilberforce led campaigns such as the Society for Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Among additional works by Metaxas are numerous children’s books and scripts for the popular animated series “Veggie Tales.”

Metaxas is a rising star among literary scribes whose resume also includes serving as keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Among those attending the event were President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress, and a variety of additional U.S. and world leaders.

The respected Metaxas also is 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.”

Considered to be one of the most sought-after authors and speakers in America, Metaxas will bring a wealth of experiences, literary insight and personal testimony to the Lee University Chapel. The growing postsecondary school’s elation over landing a speaker of Metaxas’ caliber is understandable.

Dr. Jerome Hammond, Lee vice president for University Relations, said it best when he projected the coming presentation to be a “brilliant evening” — for Lee students and for the community. “For anyone who enjoys a good story about history, religion, politics or timeless heroes, this will be a night to remember,” Hammond added.

We agree.

It is why we suggest those planning to attend the public lecture to contact the Office of Community Relations now at 614-8598 or epfahl@leeuniversity.edu to obtain ticket information.