Flotsam and jetsam (6/2)
- Carl Trueman discusses history, hagiography, and Athanasius.
History and the lives it contains are always more complicated than the simple moral Manicheeism of the hagiographer. Even Athanasius, great as he was, was merely one complicated and sinful player among others.
- Greg Garrett has written an open letter to Joel Osteen.
For some years now I’ve stood back and looked the other way as you preached your message of optimism and faith rewarded to tens of thousands of worshipers and to the millions of people who have bought your best-selling books, as you’ve become perhaps America’s best-known preacher or inspirational speaker. Earlier this year The Guardian actually called you “America’s Pastor,” which forced me to sit up and take notice.
- The Atlantic has an interesting article on Lady Gaga’s Guilt-Free Gospel.
Lady Gaga appears on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone with the cutline “Monster Goddess,” which isn’t quite right: When you get down to it, Gaga is not her own deity but rather a congregant, a preacher, an apostle.
- The June 2011 CT cover story, “The Search For the Historical Adam,” has generated some buzz. Darrell Falk (BioLogos) and Scot McKnight have both written pieces worth checking out.
- Trevin Wax suggests 11 Questions Every Pastor Should Ask.
- Here’s a rather long, but fascinating, post on St. Optatus and the Donatist schism in North Africa.