Recently on Twitter Eric Metaxas attempted to use Dietrich Bonhoeffer to criticize the Black Lives Matter movement. In response University of Virginia Religious Studies Professor Charles Marsh put Metaxas through a wood chipper. Its good to see disinformation confronted and challenged. This is yet another blog post with a long Twitter thread about the issues with Eric Metaxas.
“Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is.“
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8 NIV
Charles Marsh is a professor of religious studies and the director of the Project of Lived Theology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Marsh is an accomplished academic whose work was gone through peer review, criticism and more. Like many academics this blog has a lot of respect for him. When I was a grad student at Marquette University I remember having some of my work shredded just in class, and it was not easy. But at that level its part of the process and its necessary. Charles Marsh who teaches at the University of Virginia is also a Dietrich Bonhoeffer scholar. In 1994 he published one of the more academic books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer through Oxford University Press. The book is called, “Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Promise of His Theology.” Here is how it is described at the Oxford University Press website.
“In this book, Marsh offers a new way of reading the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian theologian who was executed for his role in the resistance against Hitler and the Nazis. Focusing on Bonhoeffer’s substantial philosophical interests, Marsh examines his work in the context of the German philosophical tradition, from Kant through Hegel to Heidegger. Marsh argues that Bonhoeffer’s description of human identity offers a compelling alternative to post-Kantian conceptions of selfhood. In addition, he shows that Bonhoeffer, while working within the boundaries of Barth’s theology, provides both a critique and redescription of the tradition of transcendental subjectivity. This fresh look at Bonhoeffer’s thought will provoke much discussion in the theological academy and the church, as well as in broader forums of intellectual life.”
Charles Marsh Owns Eric Metaxas on Twitter
This blog really has little to no respect for Eric Metaxas. In my journey from evangelicalism I have had to wrestle with my thoughts about Metaxas. Inside evangelicalism he is the go to individual on Eric Metaxas. However his book has deep issues and its been panned by academics. You can read about some of those issues in, “Problems Exist with Eric Metaxas’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer Biography Which Contain Academic Concerns.” And in addition to Bonhoeffer there is so many more issues with Metaxas. Marsh has published a couple of works about Bonhoeffer and also several other notable works. Now before I continue let me state that I read about this issue at John Fea’s blog in the following post, “Charles Marsh unleashes a devastating assault on court evangelical Eric Metaxas’s misuse of Bonhoeffer as it relates to Black Lives Matter.” Now another issue is that I can’t follow Eric Metaxas as he has blocked me on Twitter. Metaxas is infamous for attacking and blocking people who criticize or who ask questions. In my view he is one of the bigger snowflakes of evangelicalism, but not as bad as Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas.
On June 16, 2020 it appears Eric Metaxas attempted to use Dietrich Bonhoeffer to criticize the Black Lives Matter movement. And like much of evangelicalism it came across badly. Charles Marsh saw it and wrote a proper response. You can see the response below as I published the thread. If I were Eric Metaxas I would crawl into a hole and hide, but Metaxas like Dinesh D’Souza has no shame – and also no credibility for that matter. My question that I have after I read the devastating response to Eric Metaxas on Twitter is as follows. Did Eric Metaxas block Charles Marsh also? Charles Marsh engaging on Twitter reminded me of Princeton University History Professor Kevin Kruse who is quite active on Twitter. This blog hopes that Charles Marsh hangs out on Twitter more and pushes back against the disinformation that exists. Historians need to engage the public more as they are needed now more than ever.