Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous other publications—including Time magazine, the Wall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial TimesThe Weekly StandardNational ReviewCommentaryNational Affairs, and Christianity Today—and has appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television. He was also the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences at Duke University in 2019–2020.

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Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous other publications—including Time magazine, the Wall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial TimesThe Weekly StandardNational ReviewCommentaryNational Affairs, and Christianity Today—and has appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television. He was also the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences at Duke University in 2019–2020.

Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. He has also served as an adviser to several presidential campaigns.

Mr. Wehner’s book The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump (HarperCollins) was published in June 2019. He is also author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson), Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks), and co-editor of books on foreign policy (The Latin American Policies of U.S. Allies) and national security (Promise or Peril: The Strategic Defense Initiative).

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The Gospel of Donald Trump Jr.

Peter Wehner

The former president’s son told a crowd that the teachings of Jesus have “gotten us nothing.”

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The Atlantic / December 26, 2021

Why Jesus Never Stopped Asking Questions

Peter Wehner

Christmas is meaningful, for those of us of the Christian faith, because it situates each of our lives — the joys and the sorrows, the hope and the despair, the dramatic and the mundane — in a larger narrative: Not only did God author it; the son of God became a protagonist within it.

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The New York Times / December 23, 2021

Philip Yancey’s Message of Grace

Peter Wehner

Fifteen years after an accident almost claimed his life, the Christian author reflects on grace, forgiveness, and faith.

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The Atlantic / November 25, 2021

The Evangelical Church Is Breaking Apart

Peter Wehner

The aggressive, disruptive, and unforgiving mindset that characterizes so much of our politics has found a home in many American churches.

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The Atlantic / October 24, 2021

Biden’s Long Trail of Betrayals

Peter Wehner

President Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is the latest blunder in a foreign-policy record filled with them.

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The Atlantic / August 18, 2021

You’re Being Manipulated

Peter Wehner

Political partisans are using social media to divide, dominate, disorient, and ultimately demoralize the people on the other side.

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The Atlantic / July 14, 2021

Will Christian America Withstand the Pull of QAnon?

Peter Wehner

None of us can fully escape the downsides and the dark sides of our communities and our culture. The question is whether those who profess to be followers of Jesus show more of a capacity than they have recently to rise above them, to be self-critical instead of simply critical of others, to shine light into our own dark corners, even to add touches of grace and empathy in harsh and angry times.

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The New York Times / June 18, 2021

Can Religion Be a Healing Force in Society?

Peter Wehner

Christians engaged in public life should model calm trust rather than panic and vitriol born of anxiety. We are called to be faithful, not successful.

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The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World

Peter Wehner

The sudden departure of Russell Moore from the Southern Baptist Convention is forcing an overdue conversation about the crises of American Christendom.

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The Atlantic / June 7, 2021

An Interview with Dr. Francis Collins

Peter Wehner

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner talks with the director of the National Institutes of Health about the extraordinary effort to develop a COVID vaccine in record time, what surprised him the most about the coronavirus, the investigation into the virus’s origins, and whether any collateral good might come from this horrible pandemic.

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The Atlantic / June 2, 2021

Trump Is Marching Down the Road to Political Violence

Peter Wehner

The Republican Party must counteract lies rather than indulge them.

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The Atlantic / May 20, 2021

In Liz Cheney vs. Donald Trump, Guess Who Won

Peter Wehner

Declaring fealty to a lie has become the single most important test of loyalty in today’s Republican Party.

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The New York Times / May 12, 2021

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