Black Sheep and Prodigals
An Antidote to Black and White Religion
By Dave Tomlinson
A guide to faith for doubters, sceptics and baffled believers - from the bestselling author of How to be a bad Christian
'Very interesting, it's all about not alienating people before they even think about crossing the threshold of where you worship.' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
Do you feel more at home on the edges of faith than at the centre? Would you call yourself a bit of a black sheep?
Too often Christian spirituality has been associated with conformity, or a subculture where people don't feel able to ask questions. But Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a bad Christian, doesn't think it has to be like this; instead, our spiritual communities can be 'laboratories of the Spirit' - places where we can explore issues of faith and spirit with openness, imagination and creativity.
Welcome to black sheep spirituality - where doubts and questions are an essential part of faith; where difference of opinion is a sign of a secure community; where divine revelation is embraced wherever it is found - in the arts, science and the natural world as well as religious tradition; and where faith is something that is lived and practised rather than embalmed in beliefs or ritual.
'Theology for anyone and everyone' BBC Radio 2
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 most recently How to Be a Bad Christian and The Bad Christian's Manifesto.
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20 Apr 2017
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Hodder & Stoughton
Dave Tomlinson continues to write for those on the edge of Christian faith. — The Church of England Newspaper
I finished Black Sheep and Prodigals impressed by the work of Dave Tomlinson, and I would be a difficult person to win over: here is a priest who celebrates holy communion with Hobnob biscuits and communicates the unbaptised...what shines through is Tomlinson's commitment to people whom the Church has missed, or grasped all too eagerly and burnt in the process. — The Church Times
Very readable and accessible. — The Methodist Recorder
It's very interesting, it's all about not alienating people before they even think about crossing the threshold of where you worship. — Chris Evans - BBC Radio 2
Possibly the youngest looking 69 year old in the world, author of Black Sheep and Prodigals, what a book that is! — BBC Radio 2, Chris Evans
Tomlinson is encouraging readers to think for themselves. — Preach Magazine
Very accessible... I commend this book — Methodist Recorder