Thursday, December 8, 2011

Klosterman on Tebow

As usual, Chuck Klosterman brings intellect and nuance to a popular culture phenomenon. Tim Tebow is 6-1 as a starting quarterback this season and has led the Denver Broncos to five straight wins. He is also the most polarizing figure in professional sports, even more polarizing than LeBron James. The issue here, and the subject of Klosterman's most recent piece, is why Tebow is so polarizing. He seems to be a genuinely nice guy who rubs a lot of people the wrong way. If I'm honest, it's only been in the last month that I've given up my skepticism of Tebow and taken him at face value. On what grounds do I have to question him? I know nothing about him. What I appreciate about Klosterman's article is his ability to decipher the root of the issue. Klosterman writes:
The crux here, the issue driving this whole "Tebow Thing," is the matter of faith. It's the ongoing choice between embracing a warm feeling that makes no sense or a cold pragmatism that's probably true. And with Tebow, that illogical warm feeling keeps working out. It pays off. The upside to secular thinking is that — in theory — your skepticism will prove correct. Your rightness might be emotionally unsatisfying, but it confirms a stable understanding of the universe.
Though I sincerely disagree with his ultimate conclusion about secularism, I sincerely agree that Tebow is the personification of the battle between faith and reason. (I'd still argue that faith and reason are not antonyms) Check out the article at the link below.

- Joel

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