The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Critical appreciation

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That [insert name here] was important and influential is beyond dispute; but we should not sentimentalise him because of that or ignore his faults or, worst of all, so praise him that those very faults might ultimately be baptized as virtues and continue to do damage long after his departure to glory. Our brains must be kept switched on; we must give credit where credit is due; but we must also remember that sometimes we learn most from great men when we look at the great mistakes they made.

There is nothing like death to exonerate a man of all his faults. Carl Trueman rightly pleads for a critical appreciation of great men.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Thursday 1 December 2011 at 08:38

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