I Disagree with Malcolm Gladwell in ‘David and Goliath’


David and Goliath is a book by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. If you haven’t read his books, do check them out. They’re fantastic (blink, tipping point, outliers) except for the one I’m singling out.

No doubt it is of excellent writing penmanship by brother Mal-G, however the introduction is rather unsettling.

He references the classic fight between David and Goliath.

Good vs evil. Weak vs strong.

How the underdog outsmarts the top dog.

Gladwell makes a case that David wasn’t really in a disadvantage at all. That David’s sling was like a sniper rifle compared to Goliath’s spear. It was just a clever military tactic, not a miracle of God.

Also, he claims that Goliath was partially blind as he saw sticks instead of one staff and ordered David to come to him instead of him taking the first step. That’s possible but it comes across as finding evidence to support whatever theory he conjures.

Mal-G took the miracle of God out and attributed it to man’s clever strategy.


1 Samuel 17:47
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

The battle is the Lord’s because God is the reason David defeated Goliath. Human skill and wisdom is not enough to defeat all the Goliaths in our lives.

We need God’s help in our fights that are so big. Would you rather trust in God’s strength or do it on your own?

David said it himself and let this be your prayer too:

Psalms 62:8
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

5 thoughts on “I Disagree with Malcolm Gladwell in ‘David and Goliath’

  1. Is this Malcolm guy a Christian? Gotta wonder. I’m sure Goliath had gone up against soldiers with more sophisticated weaponry than a shepherd with a sling shot, and he trounced ‘em. David, beating the Philistine giant with a stone ….well, if it WASN’T a MIRACLE, it was next door to it!

      1. That’s good to hear. “Relevant” …is that a Christian magazine? Sadly, too many Christians are trying to become RELEVANT to the world, when even the WORLD is saying, “PICK A SIDE!”

      2. Yes, Relevant is a Christian magazine. But I guess its topics are quite toned down. Not too sure exactly what they focus on.

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