Best-Selling Author Eric Metaxas Waves-Off Accusations of Poor Research, Misleading Narratives in Books By Explaining It was All a Joke, Relax
New York City, NY – Best-selling author, syndicated radio show host, and well-known conservative voice and figurehead Eric Metaxas responded to critics on his most recent broadcast with an unusual defense. When a caller asked Metaxas about some reported inaccuracies in both his best-selling Bonheoffer biography and his recent If You Can Keep It, which seeks to chronicle America’s past greatness and how explain how it can be restored, Metaxas laughed.
“Wait, wait, it’s clear you don’t get it,” Metaxas responded. “It’s a joke. Of course I don’t believe those things I said that are wrong. I believe in America, and what it was, and what it can be, obviously, but not in the inaccurate things. Those things were jokes, like my VeggieTales story about Omelet that was like Hamlet, did you see that?”
When the caller admitted to not having seen that particular episode, Metaxas urged him to do so. “You can’t understand what I say or what I do if you don’t watch it,” he said, as he bid the caller adieu. “I have a sense of humor and you if you don’t know it and understand it you’ll misconstrue a lot of the ambiguous things I say. And even some of the blatant stuff.”
This doesn’t mean Metaxas is backing down from his points-of-view on things like Bonheoffer and America’s legacy. “Of course I believe in those things,” he said later in the segment. “I just use humorous misquotes and the occasional hilarious misrepresentation of historical figures and movements as a way to prove my larger point. It’s called irony! And it’s funny, and great.”
If You Can Keep It releases June 14th.