Ozzie Guillen, Important Theologian

Were one to construct a sort of pantheon of modern religious thinkers, it would, of course, be difficult to neglect such personages as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Rahner, and — if you’re the sort of person who considers “Protestantism” a thing — Paul Tillich.

Another name you’d be loathe to forget is the one belonging to White Sox field manager and mouthy Latin gentleman Ozzie Guillen, who yesterday blew the entire world’s mind via his comments (rendered lovingly into tweet form by the Sun-Times‘ Chris De Luca) regarding a sort of cryptic hybrid polytheism as yet unconceived in extant scholarship.

Specifically, Guillen speaks of (a) a personal god belonging to White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and (b) what Guillen calls the “real” god. Though Guillen clearly differentiates between the two, he fails — or, perhaps, coyly neglects — to note whether any other gods exist in this compelling and rich half-mythology.

It’s for his simultaneous brilliance and stubborn opacity that Guillen has frequently been referred to as “Derrida in a ballcap” and, other times, as “an effing a-hole.”



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Mike
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Mike

I think what he meant by that is that Jerry Reinsdorf, who knows his future, is a god…not Jerry’s god (it’s clear by now that Ozzie thinks very highly of JR). And the “real” God also knows.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu

Is Jerry’s God similar to Jerry’s Kids?

DD
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DD

Jerry Falwell’s god maybe?

danny woytek
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danny woytek

Ozzie clearly hasn’t been educated that the Jewish, Muslim and Christian god are all one!

Hizouse
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Hizouse

Barth > Tillich

Don Cooper
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Don Cooper

Methinks perhaps he could have been coy, and was actually naming himself as the one “real” God. Wouldn’t be the craziest thing I could think of coming from Oz.

MikeS
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MikeS

Reinsdorf is Jewish. His god is Yahweh, Ozzie’s is Jesus.

At least I think that’s what he means. You never really know with Ozzie.

reillocity
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reillocity

Are you suggesting that Ozzie is anti-semantics?

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