Tales of brave Ulysses . . . and Ed?

To the extent that I received any feedback from the previous post, the remarks were rather disappointing. Rather than comment on the profundity of my classic rock analogy, friends mocked me for failing to realize that the likes of Green Day are already 20+ years old.

But my snarky interlocutors only further my point.

To label music from the 80s & 90s “classic rock” assumes that what makes the song (or the band) classic is mere age. On this reckoning the only thing preventing the Twilight saga from joining the ranks of The Iliad and The Odyssey is the time it takes for Team Edward to begin hormone replacement therapy.

The “classics” analogy highlights the unfortunate habit of defining certain works by copyright date (how old is it?) and/or sales (was/is it popular?). Christianity, on the other hand, requires far more precision and discrimination to define her doctrine and institutions. Tinker with the classics if you will but tread lightly with the faith. Better aesthetically impoverished than spiritually bankrupt.


Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Lead pastor at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian, theological Luddite, and long-suffering Atlanta Falcons fan. A student of one book.

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