In This Issue: Hagiography, It's Not

Thursday, 11 Jun 2009

I grew up in a church culture in which when the central charismatic figure spoke everyone dutifully nodded their heads, scribbled his wisdom in their Bible's margins, and then proceeded to begin all subsequent conversations with, "Well, Pastor C- says…." Of course, that culture isn't unique to that particular fellowship of churches. It's part and parcel of evangelicalism: we need our heroes. You might wonder then about the appropriateness of all the fuss being made over the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birthday. After all, here was a man who wished to be ...

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