David Dark, author of Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious and Phil Smoke, author of Making Sense of Brief Lives will discuss their work at Mac's. Originally scheduled for May 6th, this event has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 10th at 7 p.m
We can't just be done with religion, argues David Dark. The fact of religion is the fact of us. Religion is the witness of everything we're up to--for better or worse.
David Dark is one of today's most respected thinkers, public intellectuals, and cultural critics at the intersection of faith and culture. Since its original release, Dark's Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious has become essential reading for those engaged in the conversation on religion in contemporary American society. Now, Dark returns to his classic text and offers us a revised, expanded, and reframed edition that reflects a more expansive understanding, employs inclusive language, and tackles the most pressing issues of the day.
"Effectively skewering a central fallacy of the age, David Dark argues that at the deepest level no one is more or less religious than anyone else. With his premise granted, new avenues for ownership, responsibility, and a renewed attentiveness to all we say, do and think arise. Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious is a call to consciousness and the compassion that accompanies the sacred insight that the whole world is kin and everything belongs." --Richard Rohr, author of Everything Belongs
David Dark is an American writer and public intellectual. A frequent speaker and podcast guest, he is the author of several books, including The Sacredness of Questioning Everything; Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons; and The Possibility of America. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Pitchfork, Paste, America magazine, The Christian Century, and Religion News Service. Dark teaches in incarcerated communities and at Belmont University. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, singer-songwriter Sarah Masen.
Phil Smoke was born in Michigan in 1986 and has spent most of his time since then asking questions. He was intensely religious for a decade, devouring scripture and theology and philosophy, and learning practical lessons in service, organizing, and persuasion. His views changed and his studies continued, from biology to psychology to history and more, alongside degrees in philosophy, business, education, and law. His writings draw together all these disciplines and discourses to reach striking conclusions about the world and our place in it.
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