David Dark is one of our most astute and necessary cultural critics. His work gracefully opens new doors of understanding and breaks down barriers between secular and non-, and it puts a lot of old mythology out to pasture with a daring affirmation at the heart of his radical critique.
Author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Critic
If I prayed, I would pray for all the David Darks---all the smart, funny, thoughtful, quirky, tough-minded, well-read, culturally-engaged Christians in America--to arise and speak up. Because I know that the crabbed, mean, unthinking forms of political Christianity that I see portrayed in the media are not the whole story."
Host and Co-creator of NPR's Studio 360, author of True Believers
David Dark is my favorite critic of the people’s culture of America and the Christian faith. He brings a deep sense of reverence to every book he reads, every song he hears, every movie he sees, but it is a discerning reverence---attentive to truth and Jesus wherever he comes on them. He is also a reliable lie detector.”
clergyman, poet, and scholar
David Dark is the author of Life's Too Short To Pretend You're Not Religious, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons and The Gospel According To America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea. His work has appeared in MTV News, Books & Culture, Pitchfork, and the Oxford American.
Following years of teaching high school English, he received his doctorate in 2011 and now teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women and Belmont University where he is assistant professor of Religion and the Arts in the College of Theology.
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Life's Too Short To Pretend You're Not Religious
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Parnasus Book Store, 6:30pm
Reading, signing, and discussion.
An evening of conversation with Ric Hordinski
The Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI