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Freedom requires more than political and economic liberty; it requires, argues lay theologian Ramachandra (Gods That Fail: Modern Idolatry & Christian Mission), "freedom from those definitions of the 'human' which take the form of oppressive world pictures...[i.e.,] images or metaphors that soon come to tyrannize over others." Deeply informed and writing with passion, Ramachandra challenges a number of ill-informed world pictures, commonplace images of science and culture that we often take for granted, while avoiding the American-culture-wars agenda of most evangelical works of this genre. He critiques the myth of terrorism from within the Christian tradition of just war, questions the coherence of the new atheism's characterization of religious violence, and argues that belief in human rights requires grounding in religious commitment. Likewise, he contends that a Christian understanding of multiculturalism is superior to that of political liberalism, that science is wrongly seen as promoting atheism, and that, despite its tendency toward academic elitism, postcolonial theory has important insights for a Christianity that is expanding in the Southern Hemisphere. North American readers, whether Christian or not, will benefit from the author's international perspective, wide reading, and judicious evaluation.