Yummy spectacles on some of my favourite intellectual heroes:
This Marxist theorist and eventual founding leader of the Red Army was as compelling a public speaker as he was an essayist and pamphleteer.
This American Mennonite theologian was known for his phenomenal influence on the christian ethics scene with his seminal book The Politics of Jesus which defends christian pacifism.
This neo-orthodox Swiss theologian is no hero of mine. But hey, that’s one great pair of spectacles!
Cock-eyed or not, he and Albert Camus lit the French philosophical and literary scene during the few post-war decades.
One of my favourite poets in his clean-shaven, got-hair-on-his-head younger days.
The iconic round spectacles, aquiline countenance, and composer of the classic hymn Imagine which fired the imagination of a generation. My kind of “worship leader”.
This great contemporary Asian-American poet hails from Indonesia during the revolution years. The City in which I love You is one of my favourite poetry collections.
I enjoyed his films like Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and 25th Hour. One helluva civil rights activist too.
This son of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker is one among a handful of yankee pastors whom I respect and will listen to. If anything, he personifies what Jesus will be and do if he is here today more than any bullshitting evangelical preacher ever will.
This christian pacifist is also a social activist who fights for the poor in the inner cities as well as a leading figure in the New Monasticism movement. What would Jesus Do? He would be like Shane Claiborne. Not Joseph Prince. Not Rick Warren. Not John Macarthur.
And finally. This geeky preacher sure is one compelling public speaker. He can speak non-stop for an hour or so and I am still listening. But of course, he is not an evangelical biblical literalist. My cup of tea.