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God Laughs and Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right

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David James Duncan, the author of God Laughs and Plays, uses his collection of "churchless sermons" to build a rebuttal platform against conservative fundamentalist politicians and to illuminate the genuine teachings of Jesus. Without overtly making a case for Christianity, he manages to make a case for faith in our fellow man and for seeing the value in what exists in nature and in each other. In this current climate of religion, politics, and science becoming frequent publishing bedfellows, God Laughs and Plays truly stands out.
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In God Laughs and Plays, David James Duncan argues that the de facto political party embodied by the so-called "Christian Right" has turned worship into a self-righteous betrayal of the words and example of the very Jesus it claims to praise. In opposition, Duncan offers a thought-provoking collection of "churchless sermons," stories, memoir, and conversations — all united by the contention that the way of life preached and embodied by Jesus is apolitical and should be free of media machinery.

While reminding us that the true Christian ethos scorns riches and embraces the poor; blesses peacemakers, not war-makers; and asks us to love and serve neighbors and "do good" even unto enemies, Duncan also goes a step further: he offers a poignant and inspiring glimpse into a profound new cosmology that can help humanity manage the epochal challenges of a fast globalizing and ecologically challenged world.

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"Majestic, rib-tickling, and timeless....These churchless homilies are the gift of innocence wrapped in wisdom, crafted by a superb writer." Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest

Review:

"The world's future depends on this consciousness and you will find it shining forth from every page in this book." Brother David Steindl-Rast, author of Benedictine Monk

Review:

"This is the book for everyone who is allergic to what often passes for Chistianity, but attracted to Jesus...beautifully written, as always with Mr. Duncan, but also wonderfully, humorously, deeply felt." Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

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"If the essence of religion is to bind together, David James Duncan's wise, eloquent, and humorous churchless sermons are deeply religious. God, I think, likes them too." David Orr, author of Last Refuge

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"Wonderful....An important book, absolutely....One of the most unusual and satisfying collections to come down the pike in years." New West Books and Writers

Synopsis:

In this multiple award-winning and bestselling diagnosis of the contemporary American spirit, David James Duncan suggests that the de facto political party embodied by the so-called "Christian Right" has turned worship into a self-righteous betrayal of the words and example of the very Jesus it claims to praise. In a bracing and often hilarious response to this trend, God Laughs & Plays offers "churchless sermons", stories, memoir, conversations, and cosmological reflections that scorn riches and embrace the poor; bless peacemakers, not war-makers; celebrate creation, diversity, empathy, playfulness and beauty; and insist that Divine Mystery is indeed mysterious and compassion is literally compassionate. The spiritual kingdom described by Jesus, this unusual book reminds us, is located not "in the Sky" or beyond a disastrous future, but within us, to be sought and embodied in the here and now.

About the Author

David James Duncan is the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K and several works of nonfiction. His work has won a Lannan Fellowship, the 2001 Western States Book Award for Nonfiction, a National Book Award nomination, two PNBA Awards, an honorary doctorate from University of Portland, the ALA's 2003 Award (with Wendell Berry) for the Preservation of Intellectual Freedom, inclusion in four volumes of Best American Spiritual Writing, and many other honors.

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Michelleyevshky, May 22, 2007 (view all comments by Michelleyevshky)
For those of you familiar with David Duncan, who've been waiting for his next novel for the past decade and a half, this is another appetizer in the strain of "River Teeth" and "My Story As Told By Water."

Yes. This is a political book by David James Duncan.

Duncan waxes angrily eloquent about current American events in this small quaint, quilt of a book. He nearly always sticks to opinion, leaving sustained argument to others. It should be noted that this book is, as he calls it, "an occasional book." It's sort of pieced together to make a whole. At moments he is bursting with anger, others with love, sometimes he is bursting with both emotions at once. It is paradoxical. This book is opinionated and drives those opinions mainly on good writing and emotion.

Further, and much more truly, it is a spiritual book. Perhaps the one foundation of this book as spiritual is set in the Kierkegaardian conceits in regards to reverencing the Catholic monastic life, sometimes at cost to Protestant exegesis of the Bible, though never in full-on war with it.

If you love David James Duncan, are primarily an emotional individual, and agree with the premise of his statements then you will love this book. If you are none of the above, or only one of the above, you will have some problems soaking in the meat of his undeniably superb creative writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977717019
Author:
Duncan, David James
Publisher:
Triad Books
Subject:
Sermons - Christian
Subject:
Christian Life - Political Issues
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Christianity -- Sermons.
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Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
8.52x5.22x.66 in. .79 lbs.

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Product details 231 pages Triad Books - English 9780977717019 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

David James Duncan, the author of God Laughs and Plays, uses his collection of "churchless sermons" to build a rebuttal platform against conservative fundamentalist politicians and to illuminate the genuine teachings of Jesus. Without overtly making a case for Christianity, he manages to make a case for faith in our fellow man and for seeing the value in what exists in nature and in each other. In this current climate of religion, politics, and science becoming frequent publishing bedfellows, God Laughs and Plays truly stands out.

"Review" by , "Majestic, rib-tickling, and timeless....These churchless homilies are the gift of innocence wrapped in wisdom, crafted by a superb writer."
"Review" by , "The world's future depends on this consciousness and you will find it shining forth from every page in this book."
"Review" by , "This is the book for everyone who is allergic to what often passes for Chistianity, but attracted to Jesus...beautifully written, as always with Mr. Duncan, but also wonderfully, humorously, deeply felt."
"Review" by , "If the essence of religion is to bind together, David James Duncan's wise, eloquent, and humorous churchless sermons are deeply religious. God, I think, likes them too."
"Review" by , "Wonderful....An important book, absolutely....One of the most unusual and satisfying collections to come down the pike in years."
"Synopsis" by , In this multiple award-winning and bestselling diagnosis of the contemporary American spirit, David James Duncan suggests that the de facto political party embodied by the so-called "Christian Right" has turned worship into a self-righteous betrayal of the words and example of the very Jesus it claims to praise. In a bracing and often hilarious response to this trend, God Laughs & Plays offers "churchless sermons", stories, memoir, conversations, and cosmological reflections that scorn riches and embrace the poor; bless peacemakers, not war-makers; celebrate creation, diversity, empathy, playfulness and beauty; and insist that Divine Mystery is indeed mysterious and compassion is literally compassionate. The spiritual kingdom described by Jesus, this unusual book reminds us, is located not "in the Sky" or beyond a disastrous future, but within us, to be sought and embodied in the here and now.
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