The subtitle of this fine book is Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. The author is Jonathan Merritt.
Jonathan Merritt is a young author who has written an interesting, even compelling, book about what it means to take Jesus seriously while engaging in both political and cultural issues.
Merritt has an unique background. In the book, he describes a breakfast meeting that he and his father (a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention) had with Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia, when he was 17 years of age. Shortly after that meeting, Merritt would begin his study at Falwell’s Liberty University.
From there, Merritt began a journey of reconsidering the phenomena of the culture wars in light of Jesus and his kingdom message.
The book is laced with interesting biographical sketches of Merritt’s life including some interaction with a prominent Washington think tank and a meeting with Billy Graham.