This 9,000 word essay uses Tim Tebow as a platform to make commentary on America and sports. The essay is divided into three parts, the first part examining how America reacts to Tebow, and, more broadly, how American sports and American faith intermingle. The second part is what I might pre-emptively describe as classic Joseph Bottum. It discusses Tebow's unfeigned earnestness in contrast to a culture steeped in irony. Americans tend to expect the subtle twist, the ideal to be exposed as a cover for a typically selfish agenda, the absurd or too-clever juxtaposition. Is that happening with Tebow? Is there more to his mystique, or is he simply a (desirable) rarity for our time? The third part considers Tebow's heart, and in doing so, suggests that the soul of evangelicalism yearns not so much for theological depth but ethical purity.
For all this, Bottum seems more at home writing about the last half-century of Catholicism than about sports. And his Kindle Single memoir, Dakota Thanksgiving, is prefered above 'The Gospel According to Tim'. But for $.99 you can't go wrong. Joseph Bottum is a great writer, and I would pay to read his Craigslist ads. You do not have to enjoy football to enjoy this Kindle Single.