Dispirited by David Webster
How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy

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Dave Webster’s book is a counter-blast against the culturally accepted norm that spirituality is a vital and important factor in human life. Rejecting the idea of human wellbeing as predicated on the spiritual, the book seeks to identify the toxic impact of spiritual discourses on our lives. Spirituality makes us confused, apolitical and miserable - whether that spirituality is from conventional religious roots, from a new-age buffet of beliefs, or from some re-imagined ancient system of belief. Looking beyond this dismissal, the book looks towards atheistic existentialism, Theravada Buddhism and political engagement as a means to imagine what a post-spiritual world view could look like.
 

About David Webster

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David Kenyon Webster worked as a reporter and writer after the war. The Saturday Evening Post published a portion of his memoir, but book publishers rejected his manuscript, seeking sensationalized novels of the war rather than authentic memoirs. He died in 1961 in a boating accident while shark fishing.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published June 29, 2012 by John Hunt Publishing. 97 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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David Webster's Diatribe is a 90-page diatribe against the 'new age' phenomenon is a bitter atheist manifesto that, paradoxically, grudgingly favours institutionalised religion over 'contemporary spirituality'.

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