Dave Websters 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.
I teach at the University of Gloucestershire, and am interested in Buddhist Studies, but also in a wide range of topics...
I have written about Buddhism, Death in religious contexts, Blues music and Contemporary Spirituality.
I blog at dispirited.org