I read a good book entitled The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark. The premise of the book is that the God of the Bible is big enough to be questioned and, if He is not, what good would He be anyway. Then, as long as one is questioning God you might as well question everything else…media, history, language, passions, governments, even the things we are offended by. As Dark puts it:
If we aren’t reaching towards a fresh understanding of the world through the questions we ask, we remain pretty well zombified in the cold comfort of a dead religiosity.
The chapter on questioning our offendedness was a real think-piece:
Proclaiming the kingdom of God does not include shouting down anyone who finds your proclamation unconvincing. After all, how would the Nazarene’s revolution differ from all others if it had chosen to silence, censor, and eliminate all opposition?
Throughout the book Dark references authors, poets and artists to make his point. Dylan, William Gibson, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Leonard Cohen, W.H.Auden, William Blake, Cormac McCarthy, Ursula LeGuin, the Arcade Fire, Bono and many others all get shoutouts.
Read this book. Linda, if you want to borrow it, let me know.
An interesting sidenote (interesting to me, anyway) is that I have met three of the people who give blurbs on the cover of the book at Cornerstone. It is not all headbanging worship at full volume at the festival. There are interesting seminars also.
I gotta go…any questions?