- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books (January 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451609043
- ISBN-13: 978-1451609042
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is unsettling, as intended, but anyone who wrestles with big theological questions in a post-secular world will find Rollins’ work as exhilarating as it is disquieting. (Publishers Weekly,)
About the Author
Peter Rollins is a widely sought after writer, lecturer, storyteller, and public speaker. He is the founder of Ikon, a Belfast, Northern Ireland, faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theater, ritual, and reflection. He currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Like a Zen Master whacking the student on the back of the head to shock the student into sudden realization Rollins skillfully deconstructs both orthodox religion and secular materialism as two sides of a worn out coin. The sacred is no longer that which pulls us away from the profane, but rather is that which emanates from the profane. Unshackled from outdated ideologies we are free to step into the world and life deeply.
Rollins points out that "a divine miracle is not something that simply raises the dead, but something that raises the living to a place where life is not experienced as death." A subtle but crucial shift in perspective.
A great read for those with the maturity and experience to let go of puerile ideologies.
Over the past year or more, I've been interested in looking at the intersections of Christian theology, psychoanalysis, and ideology critique.
I'm not an expert, however I do know enough to be able to say that this book can serve as a terrific aid for communicating (in a readable and easy-to-understand way) some very complicated, philosophical concepts and insights that have emerged from the intersections of these 3 disciplines.
Rollins also offers some helpful suggestions for how radical churches might be able to implement these ideas, so as to form communities that stay true to the Spirit of Christ. I'd be very interested in being part of a church that is willing to give these things a try!
If you share my interests, but have had a difficult time trying to find an entrance point into these difficult subjects, I believe that this would be a really good place to start.
To quote, "there is a different way of understanding faith that operates outside the realm of meaning making. This is a type of faith against faith. A faith that involves us. One that is full of risk and uncertainty."
This book is a call, not an answer.
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Nice job Peter Rollins....