Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious by David Dark (Author)


For many of us, the word “religious” immediately evokes thoughts of brainwashing, violence and eye-rubbingly tiresome conversations. Why not be done with it?

David Dark argues that it’s not that simple. The ease with which we put the label on others without applying it to ourselves is an evasion, a way of avoiding awareness of our own messy allegiances. Dark writes: “If what we believe is what we see is what we do is who we are, there’s no getting away from religion.”

Both incisive and entertaining, Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious combines Dark’s keen powers of cultural observation with candor and wit. Equal parts memoir and analysis, Dark persuasively argues that the fact of religion is the fact of relationship. It’s the shape our love takes, the lived witness of everything we’re up to for better or worse, because witness knows no division. Looking hard at our weird religious background (Dark maintains we all have one) can bring the actual content of our everyday existence―the good, the bad and the glaringly inconsistent―to fuller consciousness. By doing so, we can more practically envision an undivided life and reclaim the idea of being “religious.”

David Dark (PhD, Vanderbilt University) teaches in the College of Theology at Belmont University and among the incarcerated communities of Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, Everyday Apocalypse and The Gospel According to America. He also contributed to the book Radiohead and Philosophy and has published articles in Pitchfork, Paste, Oxford American, Books and Culture and Christian Century. A frequent speaker, David has appeared on C-SPAN’s Book-TV and in the award-winning documentary Marketing the Message. He lives with his singer-songwriter wife, Sarah Masen, and their three children in Nashville.

Contents
Introduction: Religion Happens
1. Crackers and Grape Juice
2. Attention Collection
3. Choose Your Ancestors Carefully
4. I Learned It by Watching You
5. Hurry Up and Matter!
6. The Web, the Net and the Verse
7. The Chother
8. Policy Is Liturgy Writ Large
9. Strange Negotiations
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography

Is There Sacredness In Questioning Everything?

Produced By: Magdalene John
A sit down interview with Author and Teacher David Dark about his book “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything”.
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David Dark
Author, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything

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