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Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious
by David Dark


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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. With 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.""

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780830844463
  • ISBN-10: 0830844465
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 199
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-12-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Belmont University theology professor Dark (The Sacredness of Questioning Everything) fears the mention of religion is now a taboo that shuts down conversation, and he wants to crack it open again. With candor and humor, he synthesizes a broad range of cultural voices alongside his own attention collection of personal influences to create an argument against the thought that we can escape religion. He begins by positing that many wish to distance themselves from being religious and all the associated connotations with violence, brainwashing, self-righteousness, and hypocrisy, preferring instead to be thought of as spiritual. But Dark asserts that religion actually encompasses all the controlling stories that make up a persons belief system. Through references to science fiction novels, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton, and Daniel Berrigan, Dark sheds light on how thoughts are handed down to us, what we judge to be essential, and the ways in which we can begin to unlearn all that we have unwittingly inherited. Darks argument couched in a memoir is a persuasive, well-grounded case for religions place in modern society. (Feb.)

 
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