Chalcedon began during a period of upheaval. In 1965 a group of conservatives who had previously heard my father speak asked him to move to Los Angeles. They promised to organize monthly commitments to his support if he would start classes and Bible studies for them. There were no worldview organizations before Chalcedon. He was, in fact, told that no one would support an organization based on ideas. He was told that the “real money” was in being anti-communist, but he wanted to talk about solutions, not just problems. He did not believe focusing on evil would ever bring about righteousness.
Malcolm Gladwell’s books are bestsellers, which is something of an annoyance to his many appalled critics who feel obligated to explain his enduring popularity. The opposition trots out the usual canards: oversimplification, reliance on anecdotes, storytelling skills that leave the facts far behind, etc. Not one synthesis put forward by Gladwell has been successfully overthrown, even when subsidiary details have lost their original luster when contrary evidence came to light.