Tom Krattenmaker is an award-winning columnist and author whose work explores the conflicts, controversies, and new possibilities at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. His newest book, “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower” is due for release in the fall (Convergence, October 2016).
A longtime contributing columnist for USA Today, Krattenmaker is the author of Onward Christian Athletes (2009), a critique of Christianity in big-time sports, and The Evangelicals You Don’t Know (2013), on the “new evangelicals” in post-Christian America. He is now at work on a book for Crown/Random House titled “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower,” on how secular progressives (like Tom) can find important ethical input and inspiration from the figure of Jesus.
A speaker at the American Humanist Association conferences in 2009 and 2013, Krattenmaker has received awards from organizations including the American Academy of Religion, Religion Newswriters Association, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and the Muslim Educational Trust. He has spoken at numerous colleges and universities, including DePauw (where he gave the Mendenhall Lecture in 2009), Georgetown, Yale, Swarthmore, Haverford, Portland State, and University of Southern California as well as at conferences and events including Q Ideas for the Common Good, the Level Ground Film Festival, and Freedom From Religion Foundation (Portland chapter). In addition, he served as Sam Harris’ interviewer at Harris’ Portland book-tour appearance in 2014. Krattenmaker’s many media appearances run the gamut from Fox News and ABC “Nightline” to NPR, ESPN, and The Nation.
Having relocated from Portland to New Haven in 2014, Krattenmaker is communications director at Yale Divinity School and serves on the Board of Directors of the Yale Humanist Community.
Tom has his fingers on the pulse of the struggles in American Christianity, and this book is must-read for anyone hoping to understand religion in America today.
-Jim Wallis, Sojourners
While atheists pride themselves on winning minds, the Religious Left is doing an incredible job of winning hearts. Tom Krattenmaker shows us how they’re doing it and offers a preview of what’s to come.
-Hemant Mehta, blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com and author of The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide
Onward Christian Athletes fills the gap in our understanding of the way religion shapes the players and the teams we follow. Anyone serious about understanding 21st century sport needs to read this book.
-Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation and author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States