Ray Waddle / writer and editor

“‘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 at work in current national issues.

His latest book, Undistorted God (Abingdon Press, 2014), draws on his religious encounters over the years in order to flesh out and speak out of contemporary Christian experience.

He has written for The New York Times, Christian Century, Image Journal, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. 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 his monthly “Testaments” column for The Tennessean, where he worked from 1984-2001.