Spiritual intelligence - 'how to live well and die happy' - from the author of How to be a bad Christian.
Welcome to the bad Christian's manifesto, an argument for
· keeping faith with scepticism
· making a virtue of pleasure
· & finding heaven in the ordinary things of life
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, mortality - and how to make a sacrament of anything from cigars to chocolate.
This book will change the way you think about God - and the way you live your life.
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.
What he manages to do is to unpack the generous, compassionate love of God in a way that brings a tingle to everyday life. — Inspire Magazine
There's wisdom and grace here many of us can learn from. — Inspire Magazine
The best thing about the book, and the reason it deserves to find a wide readership, is that there's something in it for everyone, and every reader will take away their own thoughts from it."
"For someone who claims that writing doesn't come naturally to them, Tomlinson's books are highly readable, and he has a finely tuned ear for story-telling coupled with the ability to put forward coherent and persuasive argument. Most importantly, he is interested in his fellow humans, and his passion for understanding what makes people tick shines through every word.Tomlinson's voice is an invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about the presence and value of religious faith in an increasingly secular society. The reasonableness with which he presents his faith is the major reason for the power of his voice.
— Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus
Hearing Dave speak on his new book The Bad Christian's Manifesto- Reinventing God and other modest proposals was one of the highlights of Greenbelt for me, not least because Dave's approach sums up the festival- now by that I don't mean everyone is aiming to be a bad Christian! What I do mean is that for the many people on the fringes of the church for whom the dogma and traditions of religion just seem too much, the festival offers inclusivity and a place for everyone to explore their religious journey. — Janey Lee Grace, Church Newspaper
One of the things that struck me is how inclusive you are
There's a transformative tale in the book of how you converted a woman's idea of God from a rather chastising image of her father to a more benevolent image of her grandmother
You're certainly not scared to step back from the structure of religion.
— Olly Smith, BBC Radio 2
The book is really theology for anyone and everyone. — Janet McLarty, BBC Radio 2
His tone is friendly and knowledgeable, and he's not afraid to say the unsayable ... This is a thoughtful and uplifting read." — Dublin Herald
Dave wants to throw out the 'religion' in people's mind yet keep our notion of faith. Interesting read and typically controversial. Dave suggests that all pleasure is not bad and we need to focus on our personal relationship with God. — Sorted
Tomlinson provides a framework whereby religious and non-relgious folk might find it easier to work together on the issues we all agree upon. — Simon Clarke, County Times
Here's my secret: sometimes, when I hear all kinds of outrageous things said and done in the name of Christianity, I think about turning in mymembership. I don't want to be part of the elite club of the doctrinally correct and the spiritually superior. But then a book like the one comes along, and I say, This is a way of being a Christian that makes sense to me. This is a way of life I can live with. I'm glad to be known as a bad Christian, thanks to Dave Tomlison's beautiful book. — Brian D McLaren, Engage
There is a lot that can be learnt from Dave's book and from those around us who may not know what offering a sign of peace is but, without having to shake people's hands, are bringing love and peace to those people around them. I think I need to be more of a bad Christian. What about you? — Sally Buchan, Engage
As brilliant, fun and insightful as his first 'Bad Christian' book, this book is powerful because it is real and digs past the obvious gloss of being a Christian and going to Church ... A wonderful manifesto and a book so many need to read a pass around. — Melanie Carrol, Together Magazine
Rev Dave Tomlinson has hosted Radio 4's Sunday Worship programme from his church, St Luke's. — BBC Radio 4
Dave Tomlinson spoke with Anna Cookson about God on BBC London. — BBC London
His book will get the traditionalist hot under the collar and, to be fair, I had the odd hottish moment. But it is worth a read and will prompt some profound questions. I like Tomlinson, even if I don't agree with him all the time. — Church of England Newspaper
You'll have plenty of questions as you read Dave's take on living as a follower of Jesus in today's world, but before you pigeonhole him as an irreverent liberal, give some time to thinking through the generous inclusivity of his theology, and the heart that sees him mix with and welcome so many society rejects, and point them to Jesus. There's wisdom and grace here many of us can learn from. — Inspire Magazine
A fabulous book well worth reading...if you are prepared to be seriously challenged
— Preach Magazine