The Black and White Network 6-21-2023

Richardson, DaveOur guest today is David, Dave, Richardson, the Founder, President, and CEO of the Assumptions Institute, which harnesses the power of assumptions to help people and organizations find God and engage with Him in their public lives. Today Dave discusses his groundbreaking new book, “Transparent: How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You.”  The book, Transparent, written by Dave Richardson.Dave is the innovator who discovered the power of assumptions. His research about assumptions enabled him to create the Critical Assumptions Test™. This book is for everyday people and reveals everything Dave has learned about assumptions.

Dave’s research, writing, teaching, and speaking are at the heart of what we do at the Assumptions Institute. Dave served for 30 years on the staff of Cru, devoting most of his ministry to university professors.  He founded the Christian faculty ministry in Atlanta, beginning at Georgia Tech in 1996. Dave earned a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Portland.  He has an M.A. in Theological Studies from the International School of Theology.  Dave also holds an MTh degree in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford.  His dissertation, “Accepting Christian Faith in the Academy,” was an important exploratory study of university professors’ religious attitudes and beliefs and how to reach them for Christ.  He understands education and educators very well.

Assumptions are the most potent of ideas, but also the least understood. “Transparency reveals our assumptions, how they control us, and how they are all inherently religious. Even atheists are religious at the level of their assumptions. Some assumptions are true, and most are not. How can you tell without being an intellectual? Transparent introduces the Transparent App, an innovative and creative tool that helps people quickly see through the messages they encounter daily in the things they read, watch, and hear using the power of assumptions. The Transparent App is simple enough for a student to use but powerful enough for adults to find God and engage with Him in their areas of interest, expertise, and leadership. How can someone bring God with them to work or school? How does God give us knowledge and guidance in what matters in real life? At the level of assumptions, God is everywhere.

“Transparent” is not just a theoretical theological exercise for intellectuals. It “translates” the complex ideologies of the intellectuals into everyday language for everyday people. Written more like an adventure than a textbook, Transparent is a refreshing departure from the usual books about apologetics, theology, and culture. Students, parents, pastors, and professionals will all love Transparent. Transparent is available wherever books are sold, or visit

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