Everyday Apocalypse

Everyday Apocalypse The Term Apocalypse Usually Evokes Images Of Mass Destruction Burning Buildings And Nuclear Fallout, Or Even Rapture And Tribulation Often, Our Attempts To Interpret The Imagery Of The Book Of Revelation Seem To Carry Us Far Away From Our Day To Day ExistenceDavid Dark Challenges This Narrow Understanding In Everyday Apocalypse, Calling His Readers Back To The Root Of The Word, Which Is Revelation Through Readings Of Flannery O Connor Stories And Savvy Discussion Of The Matrix Themes, Dark Calls Us To Imagine The Apocalypse As A Watchful Way Of Being In The World He Draws On The Sometimes Unlikely Wisdom Of Popular Culture Including The Simpsons And Films Like The Truman Show To Highlight How The Imagination Can Expose Our Moral Condition Ultimately, Dark Presents Apocalypse As Honest Self Assessment And Other Centeredness In The Here And NowThis Engaging Book Holds Enormous Appeal For Readers Interested In The Pursuit Of Everyday Spirituality It Will Delight Lovers Of Literature, Popular Music, And Movies, As Well As Anyone Concerned With A Christian Response To Popular Culture

David Dark is the critically acclaimed author of 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 An educator, Dark is currently pursuing his PhD in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University He has had articles pu

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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Everyday Apocalypse
  • David Dark
  • English
  • 10 May 2019
  • 9781587430558

10 thoughts on “Everyday Apocalypse

  1. says:

    I ve used this text with a number of different student groups and every time I re read it, I am struck by new insights The way Dark weaves the biblical narrative, vast pop culture references and particular cultural artifacts Radiohead, Beck, The Simpsons, Coen Brothers films and is simply brilliant I think my copy is entirely underlined at this point

  2. says:

    Even after I rejected the notion that Christians should only ever listen to music that explicitly glorifies Jesus, I had this strange, lingering guilt whenever I listened to a song with a swear in it Until I read this book, that is Turns out Radiohead are prophets Who da thunk it

  3. says:

    Can a book be any thought provoking Can a man be any gifted in weaving ideas eloquently Well, David Dark does all the above Such a refreshing book.

  4. says:

    Really liked this book I find everything that David Dark writes contains value and insight He sees the sacred the Christ haunted revelations in popular culture and shares them with those of us who are too distanced distracted from the world to engage with it This book focuses on the need we have for apocalyptic vision voices to disrupt, confront, shake us wake us into transformation and into being prophetic presence and witness.Robert Benson writes in We Are All Apocalyptic Now , Instead of predicting the rapture to come, apocalyptic vision can help us understand social and ecological ruptures in the here and now That s what David s book is all about and he uses the Simpsons Radiohead, among others, to do it.The last 4 paragraphs of the book As I ve maintained throughout the present work, apocalyptic breaks through the spiritual, the personal, the private, the religious, and whatever mad categories have kept a necessarily incarnate faith in an incorporeal state It serves as a remedy by freeing the captive imagination from its sentimentalizing, deep down in your heart reductionisms It extends and demands a deeply imaginative charity that transcends and scandalizes all our tired understandings of good The summons is to a scandalous superaliveness that thinks and acts differently The possibility of actually acting differently can be kept at some conveniently impossible distance from our everyday consideration as long as we keep Jesus spiritual We can view him as a kind of phantom friend who absolves us of our guilt feelings, expands our territory, and promises to take our souls to a faraway place when we die, just so long as we ask him into our hearts as the savior of our spiritual selves There s a lot of money to be made in this sort of nonsense, and it certainly has a way of filling up meeting spaces on Sunday mornings But it doesn t bear any resemblance to any recognizable orthodoxy within the historical Christian faith It is, rather, the almost purposefully useless, deliberately shortsighted, politically irrelevant religion that will often inspire contempt among honest people The apocalyptic believer will be light heartedly aware of the inadequacy of even her most heartfelt words and expressions, as well as her natural tendency to shrink wrap the revelation into easily digestible and manageable forms This is the healthy skepticism and suspicion that begins with self doubt and extends itself to doubting the be all end all claims of one s own culture A fully spiritualized Jesus will never challenge these claims, but the Jesus of John s Revelation does and thereby relativizes, without denying, all the lesser beauties that elicit our distracted claims of awesome When we read Revelation attentively, we will feel all our presumptions, idolatries, and shrink wrap giving way to a newness we cannot control or fully understand.In my own debilitating tendency to read the Bible as if it says what I already know and believe instead of reading it repentantly with a mind ready to yield to transformation, I need whatever I can get my hands on to better get my head around the meaning of indefatigable, irrefutable, and embarrassingly credible apocalyptic If it doesn t challenge my preconceived notions in any way, if its superaliveness doesn t leave me chastened, I m probably not looking at it properly Our inclination to run from the shocking grace that will transform our lives and our world is difficult to overestimate, but the superaliveness, like apocalyptic, is irrepressible All shall be made alive with laughter It unveils, before our eyes, the not to be mastered whole of a world without end.

  5. says:

    Read the Radiohead chapter, and it has influenced how I think about every Radiohead song I hear Academic, moderately difficult read, but worth the time.Update There s a difference between truth we identify with because we ve experienced it and truth we recognize because it is explained to us David Dark, for me, offers the latter type, and I m digging it It seems rare to discover someone who has this gift Hence, I ve updated my rating to 5 enthusiastic stars though I still have over half the book to read.I ve now read twice the Flannery O Connor chapter You Think You Been Redeemed Flannery O Connor s Exploding Junk Pile of Despair and am almost finished with the Simpsons chapter Impossible Laughter An Appreciative Response to the Simpsons As with the chapter on Radiohead, I found Dark s observations and analyses of O Connor s work will assist me toward fruitful consumption of her stories He s managed to explain her underlying themes in a way to make me say, Yes That s it My own attempts to explain her have been elusive, but Dark s work is clear, efficient, and given in such a way as to be useful to daily living itself rather than a drab, uni purposed piece of accomplished literary criticism Of the Simpsons chapter, all these things are also true, and in addition I ve noted how diverse are the sources from which he draws connections to his thesis Ben Stein, Malcolm Muggeridge BBC guy and journal editor , Jonathan Swift, Walker Percy, Shakespeare, Wendell Berry, Eugene Peterson, John Coltrane and others theologians, literary critics, political theorists I m starting to think I should keep reading this book over and over until its ideas become embedded in my life irresistible and persistent grace, freedom from perfection and seriousness in favor of forgiveness and laughter, and whatever salvific truths are yet to come .

  6. says:

    David Dark s name defies his mission to bring to light that which is hidden In his densely intellectual address of truth revealed in such pop culture icons as Beck, Radiohead, Homer Simpson, Coen brothers movies and , he not only opens eyes to beauty cleverly and purposely hidden among seemingly mundane entertainments, but he also aptly defines the very word apocalypse itself Having come from the Middle English word for revelation, it is not always the cataclysmic end of the world commonly associated with Christianity It is at its very core the opening of doors into the unseen world of spirit and heart for all who are willing, like Neo of the Matrix, to see a reality that might prove horribly inconvenient He challenges us to allow ourselves to be moved by the weird and the irreverent to, well, reverence It s a paradox, but apparently this method of prophetic teaching has worked for millennia, and he contends that everything, when seen with an artist s eyes, can contain the devastating beauty of a single sparrow, the self deprecating humor of our own attempts at goodness, and ultimately the intense hope behind every atom in existence Not a passive read, this thesis will require the use of all your college education for its Dickensian sentence structure and delightfully underutilized words salvific, datum, etc , which collectively enforce a slow processing that shakes readers awake from the desensitizing madness that embezzles our souls Beware you may choose the red over the blue pill after all Or perhaps you already have Propaganda works because we want it to This is one of the few real pleasures left to modern man this illusion that he is thinking for himself when, in fact, someone else is doing his thinking for him Thomas Merton

  7. says:

    The first realization when reading this book is that David Dark presents an alternative meaning of apocalyptic literature Apocalyptic in this case does not necessarily mean books that represent the end of the world Instead it represents works books, movies, music and ideas that deconstruct and tear down our perceptions of the society the machine in which we live, so that we can reach a greater and deeper understanding of our self and the world, thus breaking free in a greater spiritual and emotional awareness He suggests that as well as the Revelations of the Bible, the literature of Flannery O Connor, the music of Radiohead and Beck, the episodes of the Simpsons, and the movies of the Coen brothers all represent this kind of apocalyptic questioning He says the works of the artists here mentioned represent versions of our reality that can seem mocking or bleak, but that really represent a form of hope and salvation for those who are willing to push past the norms as society insists we perceive them, in order to be jolted awake I think Dark has some very interesting points to make throughout the book, however, I couldn t quite help but feel that there was some sort of a disconnect in his logic The redefining of apocalyptic, for one, is difficult to take in, and creates a confusing form of terminology to work around I m really torn on this one, because I did enjoy reading it for the most part The chapters on the Coen brothers films especially rang true for me However, I keep coming back to it, because I m not quite comfortable with it as a whole There s something that bothers me about it on a fundamental level, and it s hard for me to name.

  8. says:

    This book describes the scope of God s revelation as something encompassing all art God revealing truths is in no way confined to any category or affiliation the creators of art media or anybody gives it New truths revelation can be found in forms of media that were never intended to convey christian messages I like the way Dark dedicates entire chapters to focus his points on specific media Simpsons, Flannery O Conner, etc David Dark is awesome in his writing, his speaking at Calvin College , and conversations in my class phone calls with him at Calvin too.

  9. says:

    probably the best and well thought out summary of the idea of Christianity being engaged in pop culture not that i really care about this all the time, but i think his idea of the apocalypse meaning redemption and Gods Kingdom being manifest in areas that are often considered secular or non Christian by Christians is right on plus its just cool to see how he sees truth and beauty in the radiohead and the cohen brothers etc.

  10. says:

    There is no such thing as secular See Alexandr Schmemenn All things people are sacred or profane usually both Good read for Christians who are beginning to actually think p.s the fish emblem doesn t make your car bulletproof or keep you from driving like an idiot.

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