The wait is almost over. David Dark’s new book, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, arrives in bookstores April 1st. I blogged about hearing David read some selections a while back while he was working on it, and have been eager to get my hands on it since. Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message, wrote this blurb for the back of the book: “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. And not a dull sentence in the book.”
David and I met for coffee yesterday for a redemptively stimulating conversation that covered film, questions, theology, N.T. Wright, The Watchman, music, and Peter Rollins, among other topics. I should be a getting a copy of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything sometime soon, so look for a review in the next couple weeks.
Here’s a more detailed description of the book from Zondervan’s website.
In this provocative, entertaining book, author David Dark writes, “The summons to sacred questioning, like a call to honesty, like a call to prayer, is a call to be true and to let the chips fall where they may.” Far from being a sign of cynicism or weakness, questions are not only positive but crucial for our health and well-being.
Is Your God Big Enough to Be Questioned?
The freedom to question is an indispensable and sacred practice that is absolutely vital to the health of our communities.
According to author David Dark, when religion won’t tolerate questions, objections, or differences of opinion, and when it only brings to the table threats of excommunication, violence, and hellfire, it obstructs our ability to think, empathize, and live lives of authenticity and genuine engagement.
The God of the Bible not only encourages questions; the God of the Bible demands them. If that were not so, we wouldn’t live in a world of such rich, God-given complexity in which wide-eyed wonder is part and parcel of the human condition. The possibility of redemption and revolution depends on the questions we ask of God, governments, media, and everyday economies.
It is by way of the questions that we resist the conformity that deadens and come alive to visions that redeem.