*Excerpts*, Volume 9

The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace [Excerpt]

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The Gospel According to
David Foster Wallace:
Boredom and Addiction
in an Age of Distraction

Adam S. Miller

Paperback: Bloomsbury, 2016
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Even if you disavow religion … altogether, you can’t avoid worship. The impulse to worship is a human problem, not a religious problem. “In the day to day trenches of adult life,” Wallace reminds us, “there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not  worshiping. Everybody worships.” Try as you might there’s no place to hide from your yen for transcendence. And, more, there’s no place to hide from the consequences of its failure. Choose your gods wisely but pretty much anything you worship “will eat you alive.” Getting eaten alive by your [gods] is part of what it means to be human.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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