Blogging on First Things

October 25, 2013

Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman

Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, occupant of the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History, has been invited to write blog posts for the online magazine, First Things. First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.

Check back here occasionally for more posts from Dr. Trueman.

Read Dr. Trueman's first blog post here.

Which One’s Goliath?

Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath, received some attention from David Mills on this blog last week. At the same time, it was also the subject of two articles in The Spectator, both of which highlighted the troubling matter of ambiguity in application of the biblical story.

In his review, William Leith highlights the ticklish matter of technology. In retrospect, it is clear that the lumbering, over-dressed Goliath never really stood a chance against the agile David, armed with a weapon that allowed for the application of deadly force from a safe distance. So who was the technological underdog? I am not myself a betting man but I have a suspicion where such a person might put their money—if, that is, they could find someone foolish enough to take the bet.