Idolatry of God Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

ISBN-10: 1451609027

ISBN-13: 9781451609028

Edition: 2012

Authors: Peter Rollins

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Theological firebrand Peter Rollins asserts that mainstream Christianity reduces God to an idol, made in our own image, for the purpose of providing certainty and satisfaction.In contrast to the usual answers concerning the Good News of Christianity, Peter Rollins offers a radical and initially disturbing statement in his new book:you can't be satisfied; life is difficult; you don't know the secret. Peter argues that God has traditionally been thought of as a product that will make you whole, remove your suffering, and give you the answers. In contrast, Rollins outlines an understanding of faith that asks us to embrace suffering, face up to our unknowing, and fully accept the difficulties of existence. It is only as we embrace, affirm, and celebrate life in all of its highs and lows that we can find God. Not as that which will make everything better but as a loving presence that enables us to say “yes” in the bad times as well as the good.     Rollins’s radically different approach to Christianity includes living in a community that is ruled by love. Rather than maintaining that we are correct, we allow those who differ with us to judge us, and we examine ourselves through the other person’s eyes.     Whether readers are devout believers or distant seekers,The Idolatry of Godshows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist certainty in order to open readers up to a more loving, active manifestation of Christ’s love.
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 4.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Peter Rollins has been praised as possessing one of the most provocative and thoughtful theological voices of our day. An author, lecturer and storyteller, he is renowned for his dynamic and winsome speaking. He is also the founder of ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call 'transformance art'. Rollins received his higher education in Queen's University, Belfast, where he earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA), and Post-Structural Religious Philosophy (PhD). He is currently a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin, and is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God, The Fidelity of Betrayal, The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales, Insurrection and most recently The Idolatry of God. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently lives in New York.

Introduction: The Apocalypse Isn't Coming, It Has Already Arrived
The Old Creation
The Church Shouldn't Do Worship Music, the Charts Have It Covered
On Not Getting What You Want, and Liking It
Hiding Behind the Mask That We Are
The New Creation
Be Part of the Problem, Not the Solution
Trash of the World
The Fool Says in His Heart, "There Is Knowing God"
The New Collective
I Need Your Eyes in Order to See Myself
Destroying Christianity and Other Christian Acts
Want to Lose Belief? Join the Church
Conclusion: A Faith Full of Signs and Wonders
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