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Robert Hutchinson (author)

Robert Hutchinson (born November 12, 1957) is an American writer[1] and essayist known for his popular books on Christianity, Biblical Studies and the Vatican.[2] Hutchinson has published articles in Christianity Today[3] and U.S. Catholic.[4] He is a regular contributor to conservative websites including, Fox News, CatholicExchange and His book, When in Rome, is one of the books on Italy recommended by the Lonely Planet travel guide.[5]

Robert Hutchinson
Hutchinson at Athens, 2014
Hutchinson at Athens, 2014
Born (1957-11-12) November 12, 1957 (age 62)
Tacoma, Washington
OccupationWriter, author
LanguageEnglish, French, Hebrew
EducationMA, theology, BA, philosophy
Alma materSeattle University
GenreHistory, Travel, Religion
Notable worksThe Dawn of Christianity,
Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth,
When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City
Notable awardsSociety of Professional Journalists, Associated Church Press, Catholic Press Association
Years active1995–present
SpouseGlenn Ellen (m. 1990)


An avid traveler, Hutchinson has lectured on writing at seminars and conferences in Europe and the United States. He has also appeared on a number of TV shows, including "Fox News" "Spirited Debate" with Lauren Green and the Christian Broadcasting Network.[6] In addition, Hutchinson has been a guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and podcasts, including Handel in the Morning, Point of View with Kirby Anderson and The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh.[7][8]


Year Title Publisher ISBN
1995 The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Gambling Simon & Schuster ISBN 0671529323
1996 The Book of Vices: A Collection of Classic Immoral Tales Putnam ISBN 157322006X
1998 When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City Doubleday ISBN 0385486472
2004 Czech translation of When in Rome: Tajnosti Vatikánu – Průvodce zákulisím Faun ISBN 8086275183
2007 The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible Regnery ISBN 1596985208
2015 Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth Thomas Nelson ISBN 0718018303
2017 The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fishermen, Soldiers, and Prostitutes to Transform the World Thomas Nelson ISBN 0718079426


  1. ^ Review of When in Rome, Kirkus Reviews
  2. ^ Review of When in Rome,New York Times (subscription required)
  3. ^ The Jesus Seminar Unmasked, Robert J. Hutchinson
  4. ^ Fast worker: a young Harvard grad believes fasting for a day can change the world Robert J. Hutchinson
  5. ^ Simonis, Damien. Italy (Country Guide). Lonely Planet. p. 24. ISBN 1-74179-229-0.
  6. ^ ""Debate over Jesus being a 'revolutionary prophet'"Spirited Debate". Fox News. December 18, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "Point of View Livecast". Point of View Radio Talk Show. October 27, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Bottom Line Podcast". The Bottom Line. November 16, 2015. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.

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