February 21, 2012
The Trouble With Jeremy Lin's Bad Theodicy
Jay Michaelson, Religion Dispatches
If you've unplugged your computer and TV for the last week, you may not have heard of Jeremy Lin, the sudden basketball phenomenon, Asian-American hero, and, like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow before him, out-of-nowhere success story who wears his faith on his sleeve.
Lin, like Tebow, is a deeply religious evangelical Christian. And while his own religious utterances have been both humble and thoughtful—Lin went to Harvard, after all—the press swirling around him has led to a spate of bad theology, which is a shame, because sports stories have the ability to capture the public imagination and have the potential to inspire us to reflect on truly important religious values, instead of truly awful ones.
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