David Dark, author of the newly released title The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, will be speaking in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 21 at the Calvin College Meeter Center (3:30 p.m.), 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE, and the Ladies Literary Club (7:00 p.m.), 61 Sheldon Blvd SE.
At Calvin, Dark’s talk with be “On Not Lying: Faithfulness in the Age of ‘Hurry Up and Matter!’” In it he explores the possibility of communicating honestly and authentically in a world of sound bites, conversation stoppers, and false, first impressions. Drawing from literature, film, and popular music, Dark asks how people of faith might resist the temptation of instantaneous, commercial appeal and bear a more faithful, truthful, though perhaps less successful-feeling witness.
At The Ladies Literary club, Dark’s talk with be “Don't Believe Everything That You Breathe.” In it he commends the sacred practice of redemptive skepticism within a culture enthralled by "the con," those myriad forms of confidence-selling, and calls to worship that cry "INSERT SOUL HERE" at every turn.
Exploring the ways fake urgency often trumps real urgency and promises of pseudo-intimacy often crowd out the possibility of real relationships, Dark considers the ways religious traditions and popular culture offer resources for questioning the status quo and reorienting ourselves.
Both events are free.