Seeing Through Cynicism: A Reconsideration of the Power of Suspicion

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InterVarsity Press, 2006 M07 12 - 239 páginas
We live in a cynical age. Cynicism is in the air we breathe; it is a cultural norm; it is the default setting and lens through which many of us view the world. Why is cynicism so pervasive? What does it promise? How does it work? And what does it deliver? In this thorough, interdisciplinary exploration of cynicism, Dick Keyes probes the intellectual and cultural underpinnings of cynicism in its modern and postmodern manifestations. In analyzing our cynicism toward individuals, institutions and God, he gives cynicism the scrutiny it deserves, arguing for its merits as a tool for discernment while pointing out its limitations. Keyes subjects cynicism to its own critique and ultimately looks beyond cynicism to alternatives that wrestle honestly with suspicion, trust and hope. Wide-ranging and vast in scope, Seeing Through Cynicism offers meaty, substantive perspectives for faithful living in a cynical world.

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This book was a helpful reflection on the pros and cons of cynicism. After defining and describing cynicism, the book draws on the story of Job, themes of God's providence and the gospel of grace, to ... Leer comentario completo

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Introducing Cynicism
9
Cynicism New and Used
18
Seeing Through People
25
Seeing Through Institutions Government Family and Church
35
Seeing Through God
44
Seeing Through Human Knowledge of God The Masters of Suspicion
50
Seeing Through Meaning to Power Postmodern Cynicism
57
Seeing Through Everything Else Boredom Irony and Satire
64
Providence Experienced Does Jesus Make Any Difference?
112
A Pointer to Transcendence
123
What If the Transcendent Has Come to Earth?
134
Questions About a Transcendent Message
145
REDEEMING SUSPICION A GODSEYE VIEW
151
What If God Is Not a Cynic?
153
Seeing Through Cynicism
162
Beyond Cynicism I Humility A Reality Check
170

RAISING QUESTIONS
73
Suspecting Our Suspicions
75
The Vulnerability of Cynicism
80
Suspecting Contemporary Suspicion About God
89
AN HONEST ALTERNATIVE TO CYNICISM
99
The Providence of God A Theology of Brokenness
101
Living with the Providence of God
106
Beyond Cynicism II Individuality and Charity Walking a Tightrope
180
Cynicism and Marriage
190
Cynicism and the Church
200
Cynicism and Government
211
Hope and the Costs of Cynicism
221
Notes
230
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Dick Keyes (B.A., Harvard; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary) is director of L'Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts, where he has worked for more than twenty-five years. He has also worked for L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and in England, and he has served as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church in London, England. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include Beyond Identity, True Heroism and Chameleon Christianity.

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