Theology and Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Heroes


We Can Be Heroes

What is a hero? A hero is not a person who commits mighty acts or great deeds, but instead is one who depends on the heroics of Christ, to meet their needs.
Ever since I had the privilege to be introduced to the BBC show Sherlock back in 2010 (anyone who knows me knows what an enthusiast for anything Sherlock Holmes I am), this quote has always stuck with me and I have never really let it go. For the Christian and even the un-Christian there is a lot of reality in what Sherlock said. True heroes do not exist. Yes people are capable of hero like deeds, but at the end of the day human beings are not fully good and have no capacity for complete heroism. That villainous humanity always comes out somehow, someway. It is amazing to look at celebrities, artists, world leaders, and so on to examine their lives and the “heroic” things many of them do. Unfortunately this never lasts because of the fact that they are still human remains and with that, will eventually fall in the eyes of their followers. Sherlock is absolutely right to say “don’t make people into heroes.” In the context of this quote John Watson had made Sherlock into that, a hero, so when Sherlock’s humanity and flaws came out, John was left disappointed. The same will happen to any of us if we make a mere human our hero. Heroes do not exist, and Sherlock recognizes if they did, he would not be one. The same can be said for any human being, heroes do not exist amongst humanity. This then leads to the question, who should our hero be? Seeing as I am writing from the worldview of a Christian theist, you might have guessed my answer, and that is Christ. Christ came to this earth to meet the needs of those who would kill Him. He served in a manner that was so lowly and counterculture to any ideas of human heroes, and then died in the end so mankind could be redeemed, so those who believe could live eternally. It is because of Him alone that any believer can truly be heroic, and only by His work commit any acts of true heroism. I am not a hero, but the one I serve, the one who is transforming me, He is. Like Sherlock Holmes I may not be a hero, but that does not mean I cannot do the work of The Hero.

About Chronology of Chris

-In Christ -Student of Life, Theology, Philosophy and Education -Avid reader (C.S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, Francis Schaeffer, James Sire, Martin Luther, Luis de Molina, Gordon D. Fee, David R. Anderson, David Kinnaman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Hunter S. Thompson, Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jean Paul Sartre, Soren Kierkegaard, etc.) -Amateur philosopher -Field researcher for this privilege called life -Defined not labelled -Silly, yet serious -Knowledgeable and experienced -People over facts( facts have their place), souls over figures -More than an "about me" box can contain -His will, not mine
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