“John Shore is America’s preeminent non-douchey Christian. His blog is a must-read for anyone, Christian or otherwise.” — Dan Savage, Savage Love, “It Gets Better,” American Savage.
“John Shore is one of those rare writers who can make people laugh and think at the same time. He’s one of the most talented, funny, and deeply thoughtful writers I know. He’s a sincere pleasure to read.”— Richard Louv, author of international bestsellers Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle.
“John Shore is awesome, and a brilliant writer. The minute I started reading his stuff, I knew he was a brother from another mother.” — Rob Bell, Love Wins
When in 2007 John Shore (who is straight) began using the platform of his blog to advocate for the full and equal acceptance of LGBT people within Christianity—when, that is, he began making his seminal arguments for why it is no sin whatsoever to be unashamedly gay—he advocated alone in the blogosphere. No other Christian blogger of any prominence would come out and help him fight for the cause of LGBT equality in which he believed with such articulate, compassionate, and ultimately sea-changing fervor.
“I didn’t care that I was alone; I kept writing and fighting anyway,” says Mr. Shore. “I knew that if I just kept making the irrefutable case—in all the ways that case needed to be made—for the truth that God cares no more about a person’s sexual orientation than he/she does the color of their eyes, the Christian tide would have to change—because right, after all, is right. Back then you couldn’t find a Christian leader, ‘progressive’ or otherwise, who would dare to stick up for the idea that it’s no sin to be gay. They were all too afraid of losing their congregations, their speaking gigs, their book deals. Today you can’t throw a stick without hitting four ‘progressive’ Christian leaders who support LGBT equality. It’s a beautiful, wonderful thing.”
Sixteen of Mr. Shore’s most influential essays on the matter of LGBT-Christian equality (as well as thirty extremely moving life stories from people telling what it’s like to grow up both gay and Christian) can be found in his book UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question. His (viral) video on the matter is Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality.
John also founded and is executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.
In total his two blogs were viewed 3.7 million times in 2014.
He is the author of the groundbreaking (because it’s funny, introduces whole new conceptions of key Christian theological points, and [horrors!] dares to put words in the mouth of God) Christian apologetic, Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do, by God (as told to John Shore). (Penguins is available, direct from Mr. Shore, autographed and inscribed according to your direction, here.)
He is also the author of I’m Okay—You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers, and Why We Should Stop, which makes the case for the idea that evangelizing to non-Christians necessarily means violating Jesus’ Great Commandment to love one’s neighbor as oneself. An excerpt from this book, What Non-Christians Want Christians to Hear, went extremely viral, being shared (in total on the various platforms on which it appeared) well over 300,000 times.
Since December 2014 John has stopped blogging in order to concentrate on finishing his novel, which has nothing whatsoever to do with God, Christianity, or religion.
Before starting his blog in 2007, Mr. Shore was an editor and writer for various publications and websites, including San Diego Magazine, the San Diego Reader, KPBS Magazine, the San Diego Union-Tribune, E!Online, AOL, Microsoft’s Sidewalk San Diego, and others. He has published fourteen short stories in various literary magazines across the country.
What others have said about John:
“John Shore is a remarkably gifted writer who knows exactly what he is doing.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), Twelve Times Blessed and The Breakdown Lane.
“John Shore, the legitimate son of Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Barry, writes with a freaky energy and humor and imagination that illuminate his characters’ and readers’ hearts. He’s the real thing.”— Richard Lederer, author of more than thirty books on the English language, including the bestselling Anguished English series and The Miracle of Language.
“Shore is a madman and a genius.”— Eric Metaxas, author of bestsellers Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, and, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, the Christian Booksellers Association 2011 Book of the Year.
“John Shore is a gadfly, calling the Christian Church everywhere to act the way it says it believes about love and justice, which of course makes him an uncomfortable presence in those churches that do not like to be forced to face reality. So were the prophets of old. So was Jesus of Nazareth.” — John Shelby Spong, author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, and others.
“John Shore helps me un-learn something I shouldn’t have learned in seminary, which is that there’s a dichotomy between being pastoral and being prophetic. Watching him consistently do both of those at once reminds me that, yes, being pastoral to the victims and prophetic to those who have hurt them is how it ought to be. I’m a big fan and beneficiary of John’s writing.” — Fred Clark, a.k.a. Slacktivist.
“John Shore is funny as hell and smart as hell, which is good because I’ve heard that we’re both going to spend a long time there.” — Tony Jones, Theoblogy.
“John Shore’s unique, honest, and passionate writings draw us to dig a little deeper, to listen with the intention of truly hearing and understanding each other. He gives voice to those without a platform; he puts into words our latent questions/ observations about today’s topics that are begging to be addressed from the viewpoint of an informed Christian” — Spencer Burke, founder of TheOOZE.com
“Shore is a humorist whose work is more comedic than Donald Miller, and his appeal to Christians is more direct.” — Michael Spencer, a.k.a. The Internet Monk, author of the bestseller Mere Churchianity.
“John Shore is a genius.” — Stephen Arterburn, Every Man’s Battle.
“John Shore has been pioneering the slide down the slope for years.” Author, radio host, and career gay-basher Dr. Michael L. Brown, named by the Southern Poverty Law Center in September 2012 among the “30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right,” and profiled extensively to be among the groups and leaders that the SPLC considers to be hate groups.