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There are typically two sides to the beer coaster:
"Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life." — George Bernard Shaw
"Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life." — F. Scott Fitzgerald
Drink to feel nothing, or drink to feel something. Both are widely practiced. But both fall flat.
As a Catholic, you want to live a full life, with intention and purpose. You think beer, wine, and liquor can be part of that, but you don't have an authentic way to approach alcoholic beverages, so you abstain or indulge. Either way, you come up empty. The fact is, most of us haven't been taught how to drink well.
In Barstool Theology, Trevor Gundlach cracks open an entirely new way to talk about beer and exactly how it can be an effervescent part of a life well lived. He invites you to become a fellow barstool theologian, ready to discuss the theology of life, friendship, art, seasons, celebrations, and yes, delicious craft beer.
Barstool Theology does not lay down rules to follow but offers practical ideas to try. It is full of reflection, humor, analogies, ancient philosophy, and Instagram-worthy stories that open a new dialogue about drinking that is fresh, flavorful, and fun.
So, pull up a barstool. Let’s have a drink and talk.
About the Author:
Trevor Gundlach holds an MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. He is an author, project manager, public speaker, and young adult minister. He is a regular speaker at Theology on Tap, and his research on celebration and fulfillment has sparked interest in young adults and college students across the Midwest. Trevor and his wife live in Dayton, Ohio, where they find God in the beauty of nature and the sharing of craft beers. Cheers!
|Title: Barstool Theology: Crafting the Good Life|
By: Trevor Gundlach
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Our Sunday Visitor
|Publication Date: 2019|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW923574
Admit it, you probably opened this book with some of the same questions. We all bring to the table (or to the bar) a number of opinions about alcohol. It is even likely that our respective understandings of Christianity differ as much as our opinions on alcohol. We are a diverse crowd, like the people who gather at a party. Therefore, it may be helpful from the beginning to explain what I will and will not address. Let us create a roadmap for our journey ahead.
Let us start by looking to the past. Many people have talked about alcohol throughout the course of history. The topic is always popular because of the effect that the liquid has on our body. Scholars in practically every field of academia have written articles and books to tackle some of the questions that I listed above for your enjoyment.
Their opinions range from defenses of drunkenness to proclamations of abstinence, “Carpe Diem” to “You’re living in sin!” The average person who reads these articles or hears these sermons is stuck between a rock and a hard place. We are always asking ourselves, “What is the ‘right’ thing to do? Is it ‘wrong’ to drink? What should I do?”