Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas mocked criticism of his new book on July 18 (video below).
Metaxas was chatting with his guest, Ann Coulter, who mentioned that she had a new book coming out and joked that it will likely be filled with errors. Metaxas mentioned how "some guy" wrote a six-part blog of 4,000 words criticizing his book, "If You Can Keep It."
Christian psychologist Warren Throckmorton, who originally flagged the radio show clip on his blog, notes that Metaxas was likely referring to John Fea, who has a Ph.D and is the chairman of the history department at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Fea wrote a six-part blog about Metaxas' book.
In the audio clip of his show, Metaxas said:
There are errors in my book and people have written essays. I’m not even kidding. People have attacked my book so much. This never happened to me before. And they take like, I have a sentence that I could just change that sentence and everything would be okay. They have written essays about this sentence.
I said something about religious freedom in our early days, implying that it was like universal, which of course it was not. We had a lot of problems with religious freedom. People have written essays and essays. Some guy wrote a 6-part blog thing, 4,000 words, criticizing my book.
There’s another thing, that I misinterpret John Winthrop when he says that we are a shining city on a hill, Jesus’ words, and he says I misinterpreted them. In fact, I did not misinterpret it, but even if I had it is not worth an essay correcting me.
Additionally, Metaxas' book has been criticized by Robert Tracy McKenzie, chair of the history department at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Fea wrote a condensed article about Metaxas' book for Religion News Service on July 13:
Metaxas is concerned about religious freedom in the United States. But to suggest, as he does, that "since the Pilgrims came to our shores in 1620 religious freedom and religious tolerance have been the single most important principle of American life" is flat-out wrong.
Fea also noted a second point:
Metaxas believes that the United States is an exceptional nation because it has been given a divine mission from God to shine like a "city on a hill" in the sinful darkness of the rest of the world. In his attempt to support this claim he misinterprets the meaning of John Winthrop’s famous phrase. When Winthrop uttered these words to describe the Puritan colony of Massachusetts Bay he was not saying the colony had a special mission to the world.
Fea wrote as his third point:
Metaxas goes too far in trying to connect [preacher George] Whitefield’s ministry to the American Revolution and the subsequent founding of the United States. Metaxas buys into the idea, largely debunked by historians, that Whitefield’s message of born-again Christianity unified the colonies, taught them the meaning of "equality" and ultimately led them to use this newfound evangelical identity to create a new nation.
Metaxas became a popular Christian author with a book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian who openly opposed Hitler and was executed back in 2011.
During a radio appearance in 2012, Metaxas used the HHA birth control mandate found in President Barack Obama's Obamacare program to compare the Obama administration to Nazi Germany, noted NewsVideoClip.TV.
At the same time he was bashing Obama, Metaxas' website featured a picture of Obama holding his book to promote sales of the book.
Metaxas also posed with Obama as Vice President Joe Biden took a picture of the two of them together in 2012, part of which was used as the image for this article (above).