Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping Our World

Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping Our World

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by Vinoth Ramachandra
     
 

ISBN-10: 0830828850

ISBN-13: 2900830828851

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

It is a myth that only the uninformed masses believe in myths and that power brokers, media moguls, leading scientists, financial tycoons, political luminaries and intellectual elites don't. The myths that the ruling classes believe may be more sophisticated, but they are myths nonetheless.

These public, large-scale narratives engage our imaginations and shape the

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It is a myth that only the uninformed masses believe in myths and that power brokers, media moguls, leading scientists, financial tycoons, political luminaries and intellectual elites don't. The myths that the ruling classes believe may be more sophisticated, but they are myths nonetheless.

These public, large-scale narratives engage our imaginations and shape the way we experience the world. They are the stories that tell us what is important to know and how to live.

Subverting Global Myths takes up six areas of contemporary global discourse--terrorism, religious violence, human rights, multiculturalism, science and postcolonialism. Here powerful myths energize and mobilize considerable public funding as well as academic production. This book is not addressed primarily to theological specialists, but to all thoughtful readers who are concerned about the public issues that shape our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Vinoth Ramachandra draws at length on his own experience working among university students and professors against a backdrop of militant religious and secular ideologies in Sri Lanka, a country that has suffered from "terrorism" and a "war on terror" that has claimed over sixty thousand lives since the late 1970s and shows no signs of abating. Reflected as well is his experience of living and traveling extensively not only in the West but in several of the trouble spots of Asia today.

Thoughtful critical readers who care to explore reality rather than flip from one reality show to another will appreciate this invitation to subvert present reality in order to make way for another.

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ISBN-13:
2900830828851
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296

Table of Contents


Prologue     9
Myths of Terrorism     17
Reaping the Whirlwind     17
The Globalization of Islamist Militancy     24
Deconstructing the "War on Terror"     33
Applying Just-War Reasoning     42
Needed: Humility and Courageous Imagination     50
Myths of Religious Violence     57
Escaping Parochialism     58
The Complexities of "Religious Violence"     62
Two Asian Case Studies     69
Atheist Polemics and Collective Deception     74
Recovering Christian Integrity     81
Mutual Criticism     85
Myths of Human Rights     91
The Language of Rights     91
Questioning the Standard Liberal Story     93
Toward an Alternative Story     99
Individual Rights     105
Relationality and Rights     115
Legislating for Rights     119
Recovering a Tradition     123
Myths of Multiculturalism     127
Understanding Cultures     130
Multicultural Nationhood     138
A Defense of Multicultural Society     143
Reconfiguring the Multicultural State     147
SecularistFundamentalism     154
Rights of Refugees and Asylees     156
Ethics of Freedom     161
Myths of Science     169
Science as Ideology     171
Two Widespread Myths     181
Scientific Research and Moral Responsibility     192
Genetic Engineering     197
The Return of Eugenics     204
Post/Transhumanism     209
Gods or Nothings: The False Choice     213
Myths of Postcolonialism     217
Decentering World History     217
The Colonial Legacy     224
Postcolonialism     228
Toward a More Nuanced Understanding     233
Postcolonialism and Resistance from the Margins     242
Some Theological Reflections     245
Notes     263
Name Index     289
Subject Index     293

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jwatrous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The author, Vinoth Ramachandra, a nuclear engineer and lay Anglican theologian from Sri Lanka has written an extremely provocative book dealing with many issues facing the world today. He really challenges the reader to re-think many preconceived notions. I highly recommend it.