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Should We Stop Reading Dead White Guys? // Ask Pastor John

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Published on Oct 27, 2019

Christians should judge a book not by the color of its author or the number of its century, but by the God-exalting or God-ignoring content of its pages.

Reformation Day arrives again, and once again, the anniversary will be mostly ignored. Instead, the day will be dominated by goblins, jack-o’-lanterns, and the free distribution of edible earwax, also called candy corn.

But seriously, this was an especially tough year to be a dead white guy. This year, vandals desecrated the Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland — not once but twice. In March, feminist activists spray-painted the wall with the question “Where are the women?” And then in mid-July, the statues of Calvin, Farel, Beza, and Knox were baptized in gallons of bright paints, a rainbow of colors, in what appears to have been a public protest against “bigots” out of step with pro-gay culture.

And in June, a prominent evangelical voice in the States came out to suggest that Reformed folks read dead white guys because they have daddy issues and because they’re evading personal critique — retreating into books by Spurgeon, Calvin, and Luther — calling readers of these guys “little boys with father wounds looking for spiritual fathers” who “pick dead guys who are not going to actually get to know them or correct them.” Wow. So dead white guys have fallen on hard times, Pastor John. Should we stop reading them?

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