About The Authors

Patton Dodd is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalWashington Post, TheAtlantic.com, CNN.com, Financial Times, Newsweek, Slate, Christianity Today, The Shambhala Sun, and more. He has also appeared on a range of television and radio shows, including Hannity, The Laura Ingraham Show, ESPN Radio, and NPR.

Jana Riess is an editor and writer who holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. She is a senior columnist for Religion News Service and speaks often to the media about issues pertaining to religion in America.

David Van Biema was head religion writer at TIME from 1999 to 2009, where he wrote 25 cover stories for the magazine, as well as covers for Life magazine, People, and the Washington Post. His recent work has appeared in TIME, the Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, and the Religion News Service. He is the author of the book Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint.