When was the last time you had a spiritual conversation? Odds are it wasn't that recent.

Sacred words are vanishing, and Jonathan Merritt isn't okay with that. He argues in his new book, Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Themthat getting rid of sacred words isn't the answer, but rather breathing new life into them, because they're vital to the faith conversation.

Jonathan is an award winning contributor to The Atlantic, has written numerous articles for USA Today, Buzzfeed, CNN, the New York Times, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, NPR among other media outlets. He holds graduate degrees in Religion, and is the author of several books. Connect with Jonathan on jonathanmerritt.com/