WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 4, 2013) Religion News Service is excited to announce the addition of four new bloggers to expand and diversify its lineup of commentators on issues relating to religion, spirituality and ethics.

The four will write for the RNS website (religionnews.com) at least twice a week.

The four new voices are Chris Stedman, assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University and author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious; Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, a former child abuse prosecutor and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment); Tobin Grant, political science professor at Southern Illinois University and associate editor for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; and Laura Turner, contributor to Christianity Today.

Their voices will round out a vibrant website that includes evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt; feminist Mormon blogger Jana Riess; Muslim expert Omid Safi; and religion and public life commentator Mark Silk.

“These new voices will deepen the important public conversations at Religion News Service around politics, entertainment, atheism, church-state and abuse,” said Publisher Debra L. Mason. “They’ll give vital context and analysis to a broader range of religious issues in the world. ”

Stedman will write about the growing atheism and freethought movement; Tchividjian will examine issues related to church sex-abuse and other ethical issues; Grant will explore politics and social science research as it relates to religion; Turner will look into the intersection of religion, pop culture and entertainment.

“Our current roster of bloggers have led our efforts to transform www.religionnews.com into a destination site for a provocative, informed and nuanced conversation about religion in American life,” said Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom. “We’re thrilled to see how Chris, Boz, Tobin and Laura will add to the buzz at RNS.”

Look for their posts under these headings:

Chris StedmanFaitheist

Chris Stedman

The assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and the inaugural coordinator of Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community, Stedman was named one of “five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion’s status quo” by Details magazine in 2013. He has written for publications including  SalonCNNmsnbcThe AdvocateUSA TodayThe RumpusThe Huffington PostThe Washington Post On FaithReligion Dispatchesand Relevant.

Basyle “Boz” TchividjianIt Would be Better

Boz Tchividjian

Tchivdjian is a former child abuse chief prosecutor and is the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). Tchivdjian is a published author who speaks and writes extensively on issues related to abuse within the faith community. He is also the 3rd eldest grandchild of the Rev. Billy Graham.  His blog will launch in January, 2014.

Tobin GrantCorner of Church and State

Tobin Grant

Grant is a political science professor at Southern Illinois University and associate editor for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Prior to coming to RNS, he wrote a regular religion and politics columns for Christianity Today’s website.

Laura TurnerEntertaining Faith

Laura Turner

In addition to being a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s “Her.meneutics” blog, San Francisco-based Turner has written for publications such as Books & Culture and The Bold Italic.


Religion News Service provides daily coverage of national and international religion news. Founded in 1934, RNS is owned by Religion News LLC, a non-profit, limited liability corporation based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Its mission is to provide in-depth, non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas.


Kevin Eckstrom, Editor-in-Chief, Religion News Service
(202) 662-7301 or (202) 390-0240

Debra Mason, Publisher, Religion News Service
(573) 823-2929


The organizations and/or individuals who submit materials for distribution by Religion News Service are solely responsible for the facts in and accuracy of their materials. Religion News Service will correct any errors brought to its attention.