“‘In the beginning was the Word …’ The vibration of that original act — not big bang, but first verb, and now the reverb — lives on. It is living out in everybody.”  — from Undistorted God

Ray Waddle is an author, columnist, and the editor of Yale Divinity School’s Reflections journal, a publication that explores theological dimensions in current social issues. He teaches a writing seminar at Yale Divinity School during summer study term.

His latest book, Undistorted God (Abingdon Press), draws on his religious observations and encounters over the years to sort out what’s permanent and poetic about Christian belief now.

He has written for The New York Times, Huffington PostChristian Century, Image Journal, and other publications. His two other books are Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes (2005) and A Turbulent Peace: The Psalms for Our Time (2003), both from Upper Room Books. He has a journalism (B.A.) degree from the University of Oklahoma and a religious studies (M.A.) degree from Vanderbilt University.

He continues to write the monthly “Testaments” column for The Tennessean, where he worked from 1984-2001.