Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It (New and Revised)

Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It (New and Revised)

by David Zahl

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Overview

David Zahl's popular and enlightening exploration of our unintended replacement religions—career, parenting, technology, food, politics, and romance—is new in paperback, now updated and expanded with a chapter on celebrity.

In our striving, we are chasing a sense of enoughness. But it remains ever out of reach, and the effort and anxiety are burning us out. Seculosity takes a thoughtful yet entertaining tour of American "performancism" and its cousins, highlighting both their ingenuity and mercilessness, all while challenging the conventional narrative of religious decline. Zahl unmasks the competing pieties around which so much of our lives revolve, and he does so in a way that's at points playful, personal, and incisive. Ultimately he brings us to a fresh appreciation for the grace of God in all its countercultural wonder.

New edition includes a bound-in small group discussion guide perfect book clubs, church groups, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506467641
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 386,413
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor-in-chief of the popular Mockingbird website, and cohost of The Mockingcast. He and his family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. Zahl is the author of A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock N' Roll and coauthor of Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints).

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Seculosity of Busyness 1

Chapter 2 The Seculosity of Romance 17

Chapter 3 The Seculosity of Parenting 41

Chapter 4 The Seculosity of Technology 65

Chapter 5 The Seculosity of Work 87

Chapter 6 The Seculosity of Leisure 105

Chapter 7 The Seculosity of Fandom 121

Chapter 8 The Seculosity of Food 139

Chapter 9 The Seculosity of Politics 153

Chapter 10 The Seculosity of Jesusland 179

Conclusion: What to "Do" about It 203

Discussion Guide 211

Author Q&A 229

Acknowledgments 237

Endnotes 239

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