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The Slavery of Death Paperback – December 23, 2013
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Richard Beck's new book seamlessly integrates deep theological reflection with sound psychological insight while never compromising either discipline. Liberating ideas about fear, sin, and death from the mire of abstraction, The Slavery of Death invites believers to discover and embrace true freedom together at the far side of the cross, a freedom reflected in and essential to the very nature of God. This book is a gift to the church. --Jamie Arpin-Ricci, author, The Cost of Community
With Eastern Orthodox tradition and the work of modern theologians like McGill, Stringfellow, and Kelsey in one hand, and social science texts in the other, Richard Beck analyzes our culture of death in this compelling book. What can liberate us from this demonic power that is feared and fetishized, institutionalized and internalized, and reconfigure our self-enclosed identities? The kenotic love of the risen Christ! With the colloquial skills of a gifted teacher, Beck has written a prophetic, practical--and urgent--manifesto. --Kim Fabricius, minister, the United Reformed Church (UK)
It's an age-old Faustian tale. We conspire with demonic principalities and powers to cheat death and save ourselves. Such idols, Richard Beck warns, inexorably enslave and damn us. He follows this indictment, however, with a prophetic analysis that is nothing short of an emancipation proclamation. Christ's resurrection not only burst the gates of hell and destroyed death's sting, but also freed us from the enslaving addiction of self-empowerment--resurrecting us for self-expenditure and sacrificial love. --Richard Goode, co-editor, And the Criminals With Him
About the Author
Richard Beck is Professor of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He is the author of Unclean (2011) and The Authenticity of Faith (2012). Richard also writes about the intersections of psychology and theology at his popular and award-winning blog Experimental Theology.
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I loved how the book ended though. Here is the quote:
"When we can hear the voice of God crying out against us in the voices of those we ignore, marginalize, victimize, exclude, ostracize, harm, and kill, we know that God has been set free. The radical, prophetic freedom of God is fully realized when we see the face of God in our victims and our enemies" (p. 122).