Russell Ronald Reno III (R. R. Reno) is the editor of First Things magazine. Until recently, Rusty was a professor of theology at Creighton University. Reno is the author of several books, including "Fighting the Noonday Devil", a theological commentary on the Book of Genesis in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series for which he also serves as general editor, "In the Ruins of the Church", and "Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul." He has also coauthored two books, "Heroism and The Christian Life" and "Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible." His scholarly work ranges widely in systematic and moral theology, as well as in controverted questions of biblical interpretation. Reno was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1959, and grew up in Towson, Maryland. A graduate of Towson High School in 1978, after a year living in his tent in Yosemite Valley; he attended Haverford College, receiving a BA in 1983. David and Jonathan's conversation was recorded in New York City at the Center for Public Conversation on March 19,1013.