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

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Read Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious Online Free - 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.""

Title : Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious
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ISBN : 0830844465
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 199 pages


Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

March 05, 2016

What a fantastic title. Etymologically, the word “religion” means to bind together again. Simply put, Dark’s thesis is that we’re all connected: we are in relationship with the people around us and can’t pretend otherwise. What we need is a shared vision for our shared life, and that involves eng...

BHodges rated it ★★★☆☆

November 04, 2017

Dark's book is an insightful, meandering redefinition of "religion" with the goal of bringing everyone under its scope, whether they belong to a faith tradition (or perhaps whether they even believe in a traditional "God") or not. Dark argues that religion is constituted by our relationships—with...

Sam rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2016

This is an absorbing, entertaining, challenging book. It's a poetic conversation, rather than an argument about or defense of belief. It's a call for thinking critically, seeing more clearly, and acting kindly (not the expected sort of altar call). I came away thinking it could have just as aptly...

Stephen rated it ★★★★★

January 26, 2016

Took advantage of the snow day to finish reading the galleys of David Dark's new book, Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious. This is David's follow up to The Sacredness of Questioning Everything (2009), a book I loved so much I bought copies in bulk from him to give away. In 2010, aft...

Trae rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2016

Paints one of the best pictures I've seen of how to live honestly, intentionally, and relationally. The book is not so much about religion as it is about a way of living life, but Dark would argue that what you value determines how you live life, which is your religion.

Richard rated it ★★★☆☆

February 20, 2017

I Think It Was Good I think this was a good book but I can't be sure. There were so many references to popular culture in this book that one of the main things I learned is how disconnected from popular culture I am. There were important thoughts. But, those important thoughts were often lost on m...

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2016

I just finished reading this book. David Dark is my favorite theologian. He's a vividly awake Christian. Each one of his books an alarm clock, this one the loudest. "We're never not worshipping." That's this book unfairly summarized in 4 words. 5 big stars.

Joanne rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2016

it was ok, but didn't really meet my expectations...

Jon rated it ★★★☆☆

March 18, 2016


Ethan rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

This book is fantastic, and poignant. Hard to believe it was written before Public Servant 45, but there you go. It’s a challenging read, both in its style and in its substance. In terms of substance, there were many times when I put the book down to chew on what I’d just read, or sent a quote to...

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