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The Christian Post:Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer and Living Like a True Christian

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The Christian Post covered the Becket Fund’s Sixteenth Anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner with a tribute to this year’s medalist, author Eric Metaxas. To read the complete story, click here.

The Christian Post, Saturday, May 14th 2011

WASHINGTON – Eric Metaxas has had a year now to grasp the success and incredible impact that his biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, has had on millions.

But even after a year, the bestselling author is still finding it hard to soak it all in. One thing he’s clear minded about, however, is that the acclaims have little to do with him and everything to do with God and the man who lived what he believed.

“Bonhoeffer was an utterly brilliant theologian but he believed in the God about whom he was talking and he believed it because he lived it. And he was forced to live it because he was living at a time when it was harder for somebody as brilliant and as intellectually honest as Bonhoeffer … to avoid the big questions,” Metaxas said Thursday.

Metaxas was in Washington, D.C., to receive the Canterbury Medal, the Becket Fund’s highest honor in recognition of courage in defense of religious liberty.

Previous recipients included Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, and Princeton professor Robert P. George.

Congratulatory video messages were sent by Colson and to everyone’s surprise, former president George W. Bush.

Humbled by the messages and the award itself, Metaxas responded, “There is no way for me to adequately respond to the encomia with which i have been so recently lauded. This is all too much, so if I seem unequal to it, that’s because I’m unequal to it.”

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