I hadn’t realised, until having differ with wonderful friends yesterday evening, that Dave Tomlinson has a new book out – a follow up (of sorts) to his 2012 publication: How to be a Bad Christian…And a Better Human. I loved this book – one of Dave’s best.
I loved the subtitle too, and thought of it again yesterday as I was reading some information about Kenda Creasy Dean’s latest publication Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church… “…Dean places the blame for this theological watering down squarely on the churches themselves. Instead of proclaiming a God who calls believers to lives of love, service and sacrifice, churches offer instead a bargain religion, easy to use, easy to forget, offering little and demanding less…” In other words, what kind of human beings does church belonging produce, and how is a Jesus-following life (an altogether human life) actually lived in the ordinary and the everyday?
Anyway, back to Dave. His latest publication is The Bad Christian’s Manifesto…Reinventing God (And Other Modest Proposals).
“Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a bad Christian, thinks that a lot of our overly religious, formal ideas of God need to be reinvented - and a lot of our spirituality, too. What does it look like to live well and die happy - from an unapologetically generous Christian point of view? Join Dave as he considers virtues, vices, friendship, morality, [and] mortality.”
“Dave Tomlinson was a house church leader for many years and is now an Anglican priest. Unable to accept the narrow restrictions of his tradition, he founded the legendary Holy Joe's, a church in a pub in Clapham for disaffected church drop-outs. He is now Vicar of St Luke's, Holloway, a thriving parish church in north London. He is the author of the seminal The Post-Evangelical, I Shall Not Want and Re-enchanting Christianity, and is a regular guest on Radio 2.”
You’ll find a review of the book here.