Today is George Grant’s birthday. I have long speculated that there are actually 2 or 3 persons who pose as George Grant. One is the writer, whose books number in the dozens. There are a wide range of books on Christian issues that George Grant has written, compiled, edited, or contributed to. I have quite a few of them, but continue to discover missing volumes in my collection.
Then there is George Grant the pastor, teacher, educator, and orator. Dr. Grant pastors a large church, counsels fellow pastors and friends, teaches courses on history, and delivers knock-out speeches at conferences around the country. The third George Grant cannot possibly be either of the other two. That George Grant is a man of leisure. He listens to music of all kinds, going to Fleet Foxes concerts, and converses with friends about all kinds of music from Bach to his late neighbor George Jones. This George Grant also runs. He treks over the hills of middle Tennessee on foggy mornings, runs marathons across the state, and is consumed with those awful things runners obsess over. But he also reads. He reads fiction, mystery and spy novels, great literature, biographies, poetry, and theology. He also eats–with his favorite foods being Tex-Mex (from his Houston upbringing) and barbeque (another Texas legacy). This epicure and hedonist (in the best of John Piper’s sense) cannot possibly work.
All three of these George Grants have birthdays today. The picture above captures the life of Dr. Grant. He is talking. He talks a lot. He is gesturing. He gestures quite a bit. And he has a book in hand. It may be the Bible, or it may be some fine volume containing a rich defining quote that he is using to illustrate some point of theology or Christian living. He is always reading, citing from books, discovering authors, and promoting books.
A few years back on his birthday, I posted a blog entry (on my old blog) that highlighted a few of Dr. Grant’s books. You can read it here. I will not repeat the praises of these books. His many lectures on the Humanities can be found at the King’s Meadow Study Center site. The curriculum is a bit costly, but the content is rich in gold and silver. His talks, books, and essays can be accessed across the web and on his defining blog called Grantian Florigeum.
George Grant is likely the best scholar around today on the topic of the life and ministry of Thomas Chalmers, a Scottish version of Grant from the past. He is also an expert on the Middle East, Abraham Kuyper, Francis Schaeffer, John Buchan, and Arthur Quiller-Couch. His likes and interests are extensive. See his list of favorite authors--living and deceased. He has, from my perspective, read every book that has ever existed and some that don’t exist. He has been a warrior on the front lines of Christian culture for decades. His book on Margaret Sanger and the history of the pro-life movement were foundational to the cause of life. His work has extended far beyond just protests against this age of rootless, reckless abandonment of truth, goodness, and beauty. He is far more interested in the building projects of a future Christendom than the rubble removal of the failing humanistic and atheistic worldview of modernity.
So happy birthday George Grant. And, for those of you who don’t know him, begin by thanking God for raising up a faithful pastor and thinker in our day and start on the path to reading from and listening to George Grant. Those who already subscribe to his teachings can only affirm what I have said above.
I must caution those who are fans and people who will just now be learning of Dr. Grant: If I don’t see (and own) copies of Dr. Grant’s study of the Forgotten Presidents (long promised, but not yet in print) or his yet-to-be published biography of Thomas Chalmers, I will cease writing these praise-laden posts on July 24 of future years. Surely a man with only a dozen or so overwhelming tasks can carve out some time to get these volumes completed.