Malcolm Gladwell explains why people have been misinterpreting the story of ‘David & Goliath’ for centuries

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein

Best selling author Malcolm Gladwell joined Glenn on TV Wednesday night to discuss the importance of out-of-the-box thinking and “the art of taking down giants”. The conversation was one of several that Glenn has had over the past couple of weeks with thought leaders who have focused on nontraditional solutions to the nation’s problems, including Mike Rowe and Srinivas Rao.

In Gladwell’s book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, he says there are three weapons that the “powerless” can use to overcome overwhelming odds: faith, courage, and determination. While courage and determination have been covered other places, Glenn wanted to focus on faith.

“I have a chapter where I talk about this little town in the mountains of France. It was a bunch of Hugenots…during the Second World War they decided they were going to harbor any Jewish refugees who came to their door. Jewish refugees came by the thousands. They took them in and they told the Nazis ‘we’re going to take them in and if you to come and get them we’re not going to give them to you'” Gladwell said.

“They had nothing. They had no resources. They had no weapons, they refused to lie so they weren’t using deceit. All they had was there faith.”

“I don’t care if you’re the most dyed-in-the-wool atheist, you cannot read that story and not come away with a renewed appreciation for the power that faith gives people,” Gladwell said.

Moving onto the the story of David and Goliath, Gladwell said that armed with the slingshot, a piece of powerful and innovative technology for the time, and the power of faith, David was never the underdog in his battle with Goliath.

“We’ve been telling that story as if he’s this incredible long shot. He’s not the long shot. With those two things he’s the favorite,” Gladwell explained.

Gladwell, a writer for The New Yorker, surprised Glenn with his insightful interpretation. Glenn said he knew plenty of people of deep faith who wouldn’t have that perspective on the story.

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  • Anonymous

    God shows his strength through weakness. David had faith and trust that God would deliver him, he had done it before. Those who were watching this all being played out probably thought he was the underdog, but we have the advantage of seeing he had more than a sling shot he had God and he knew it.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    David lived and talked the saying: “The just shall live by faith.”

    God guided the stone on that day, and delivered it to Goliath’s forehead, and then David finished the giant off with the sword.

    People on the Blaze website have made comments about how impossible it would be for anyone to use a sling in that way. To the contrary, many people in the Middle East still use the sling to this day, with precision and skill from years of practice to deadly effect.

    David is also told to have killed a bear and a lion – proof again of his bravery, skill, and dedication to protecting the family flocks.

    There are two other items to consider with David – Why did his family from Jesse his father, and then his brothers hold David in such contempt? And why did David take FIVE sling stones with him?

    To the last – Goliath had four brothers.

    • Anonymous

      Or at least 1 brother and four sons. 2 Samuel 21:15-22 relates the deaths of the four sons and one brother.
      I had only recognized that recently. Before that, I had always thought he had some doubt or perhaps he thought it might take more than one to take down the giant. Very interesting perspective. He was just prepared for the others to come after him after he killed Goliath.

    • David Stewart

      Most miss the skill David already had that the Lord used in this story because it increases the wow factor. Just like in our lives, we need to be prepared for conflict or troubles by having honed skills that can be used when the Lord calls on us to save His people. God will not call on us if we are not preparing with faith.

      • HP McLovincraft

        Most miss the skill David already had in blowing dudes in the gloryhole.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKBNdx2J5Gk

      • Nanette

        How great was David’s FAITH..so strong he did not waver or have fear..He claimed in the name of God, 1 Samuel 17:36 “Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” and 1 Samuel 17:45-47 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 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.”
        No, he did not waiver ever!

    • HP McLovincraft
  • landofaahs

    David was doing God’s will. He had been anointed by God. Had David gone against God’s will and his plan, God could just as easily allowed David’s failure. Faith in God’s will causes success because it accomplishes what God has planned. The Apostles went out in faith with the gospel and most of them were killed for it. But it was in hindsight for God’s glory and our benefit. The apostles died for the gospel they eye-witnessed. They were willing to do so No man will die for something he knows to be false and this is enough proof for anyone with a discerning mind of the truth of the New testament.

    • Anonymous

      Glenn really seemed surprised by the taste of Gladwell’s cock and balls

      • HP McLovincraft

        But it was a pleasant surprise and he wholly enjoyed every piping hot last drop of jizz.

        • greywolfrs

          Now you are replying to yourself with your multiple accounts, you are truly one dumb M F er.

          • HP McLovincraft

            No, that’s Average Joe. You are just a typical paranoid Becktard.

    • HP McLovincraft

      You are a fake Christian and your chin will be anointed by my Unholy Urine.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

        Says the guy worshiping Satan right after you posted this.

      • Anonymous

        Then you must be fake homosaipion.

        • HP McLovincraft

          Learn English. I think you meant: Then you must be *a* fake homo sapiens.

          Dumbass.

          • Anonymous

            Oh homo sapiens? Plural huh? I knew there was more then one of whatever you are. Commies can never stand on their own. To cowardly

          • HP McLovincraft

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human

            Also, it’s ‘too’, not ‘to’. Are all teabaggers illiterate?

          • Anonymous

            You weeny piece of crap. YOU pluralized a word I used in singular tense. You dumbass attempt to correct it through a shitty on line “dictionary” doesn’t cover your mistake.

          • HP McLovincraft

            No, Dumbass. Homo Sapiens Sapiens (actually 3 words) is used whether were are talking about 1 or 25. Like deer, or fish, or sheep.

            Wikipedia is not a dictionary.

            It should also read: ‘your dumbass attempt’ not ‘you’.

            Learn English you fucking dolt.

          • Anonymous

            Grammar is the least of your problems.

          • HP McLovincraft

            Intellectual Honesty is one of you and your ilk’s greatest obstacles. And English.

  • Erika Mattila

    This will not be a profound message…lol…but Glenn Beck sooo reminds me of that kid from “A Christmas Story”.

  • Erica

    1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
    1Sa 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
    1Sa 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
    This kind of Confidence, Boldness and Faith is freely ours!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic ‘cross cultural’ discussion. Rare and heart-warming to see men of different perspectives share a common one about faith.

  • HP McLovincraft

    What a silly little dick sucker!

    • greywolfrs

      Yes you are.

      • HP McLovincraft

        The third grade wants it’s retort back.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Sun Tzu is a great example of small force going up against Giants. It is comforting to know that it is the misfits we in the Tea Party that have a chance to break the chains of big government and some day we will be free of Dem plantation.

    “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
    ― Sun Tzu,

  • Alexandro Davila

    I used to be a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan. I always enjoyed his analysis, writing style, intellect and approachability as an author. However, now that I see him pushing his book on beck’s show, I will no longer support this author. I’m extremely disappointed to see Malcolm even attempt a conversation with such a dimwit, racist, hatemonger.

    • HP McLovincraft

      It’s okay, after the show Glenn let him have a turn in his backstage Glory Hole. Glenn can suck a golf ball through a garden hose!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08DmdSFu5Vk

    • greywolfrs

      Sounds like you speak from experience. Hey, why don’t you prove how Glenn is any of those things, oh my bad, you can’t.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I see:
    Obama is David!

    You’re a young unknown black guy with only two years as a Senator and you face off against well-known, experienced and wealthy veterans like McCain and Romney and you kick their ass.

    • HP McLovincraft

      Womp womp!

      • tobias smit

        You are one sick LITTLE puppy McHATINCRAFT, I can get down to your level very easy except for the fact that the ladder down there rotted out years ago, so I do not have to. BTW the rotten bottom end of that ladder is ( thankfully) the reason why you cannot get up higher to our level. Oh BTW is that you “third”?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

      No not really see David was not the big one see you would know this if you read the Bible.

      • Anonymous

        I know David was the little dude with the slingshot. That’s why I say he was Obama.

        I’ve told you before: I was forced into a Christian school back in my teens. I know the Bible better than most Christians. In fact, I’ve challenged many Christians to a trivia battle on the Bible and beat them all.
        ALL of them.

        That, though, isn’t really surprising. Remember that study that showed atheists know more about religion than “believers”:

        Read it here: ttp://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0928/In-US-atheists-know-religion-better-than-believers.-Is-that-bad

        • Anonymous

          Knowledge is not wisdom, and Satan knows as much about religion as you, in fact much more.

          • HP McLovincraft

            Satan is awesome. Hail Satan!

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

          Obama is not little. He has both the media and the important parts of government in his corner. The only thing we have is the house so I think you need to understand what the word big means.

          • HP McLovincraft

            Jesus is not impotent, Sam.

    • greywolfrs

      All that shows is how stupid people like you are.

    • Anonymous

      Noooooo, obama is not David…obama does not believe in the Bible, he has no faith in God or Jesus – the proof of my statement is the fact that he attended Jeremiah Wright’s ‘church’ for 20 years who definitely is not a man of God…

  • Dontavius Sykes

    I love Glenn!! He keeps me inspired in ways you wouldn’t believe!! I’m an African American male, hard working tax payer who has a gift from God to see right thru bs. Glenn is the truth!!

  • Anonymous

    it would be greatly appreciated if some of the ‘commenters’ would be banned from commenting on Glenn Beck’s web site….I realize Glenn believes in freedom of speech but some people are totally disgusting…

    • Anonymous

      Just flag them

      • HP McLovincraft

        Good luck with that, shitstick. This place is CLEARLY unmoderated.

        Glenn Beck doesn’t care about you.

        • Anonymous

          Fuck nuts that would be disqus not Beck. You really nothing but a bitch, or should I say you really are butt bitch

    • HP McLovincraft

      Poor dumb deluded motherfuckers. If it was a free speech issue why is there a posting policy? I know you ‘baggers are dumb cunts, but c’mon.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3EmHb7vBCo

  • WASP

    VOMIT,VOMIT and I can post PICTURES on that one.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this interview with Malcolm Gladwell. It shows the possibility of transformation.

    • HP McLovincraft

      Transformers are toys. They aren’t real.

  • Anonymous

    What he says here is okay, but it’s really hard to believe Gladwell is all that supportive of Christianity or Christians.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Listening to Glenn Beck is like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5eFk5x0o44

  • Anonymous

    The giants are the Nephilim who were the result of fallen angels mating with human women as told in genesis 6. Goliath was one of the wicked ones. God uses many people like David to do His will. I believe He gave David the faith to kill Goliath. Satan would not prevail with his race of half breeds. “As in the days of Noah and Lot, shall it be in the end of days.” God promised not to use a flood again. He will use fire to remove the wicked ones in the end.