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Author and essayist Eric Metaxas delivers 2010 Macricostas lecture

Acclaimed author, essayist and cultural commentator Eric Metaxas shared lessons and insights drawn from his new biography of the 20th century German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer when he presented the annual Macricostas Lecture in April 2010 at WestConn. Metaxas, author of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” discussed the life of the Christian theologian whose active participation in the anti-Nazi “Confessing Church” movement and the anti-Hitler German Resistance before and during World War II ultimately led to his arrest and execution in April 1945. He observed that, for Bonhoeffer, “one’s life must be one’s theology, and one’s theology must be one’s life. If you don’t live the things you claim to believe, you don’t really believe them at all.”

The lecture, presented by the School of Arts and Sciences as part of the lecture series funded by the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie, marked a homecoming for Metaxas, who attended public schools in Danbury during the 1960s and 1970s. A Yale University graduate, Metaxas has earned international acclaim over the past three decades as a cultural and religious commentator, humor essayist, poet, reviewer, children’s book author, national radio show editor, and nonfiction writer. His previous works include a New York Times bestselling biography of the British statesman William Wilberforce.

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Eric Metaxas signs copies of his book, "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy," after his presentation of the 2010 Macricostas lecture.