Gods That Fail, Revised Edition: Modern Idolatry and Christian Mission

Gods That Fail, Revised Edition: Modern Idolatry and Christian Mission

by Vinoth Ramachandra

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498282147
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Vinoth Ramachandra lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He serves as the international Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement for IFES, a global partnership of over 150 university-level national Christian movements. He holds both a B.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of London. He is a theological consultant to the Micah Network of relief and advocacy agencies, and A Rocha, a biodiversity conservation movement. Among his other books dealing with global public issues are Faiths in Conflict? and Subverting Global Myths.

Table of Contents

Preface to Revised Edition vii

1 Introduction: Modernity & Idols 1

1.1 The End of Modernity? 5

1.2 Secularist Modernity as Paradox 9

1.3 Modernity and Fragmentation 14

1.4 Modernity and Meaning 18

1.5 A Mutual Challenge 21

2 The World as Creation 29

2.1 The Genesis Story 29

2.2 Creation Language, Science & the World 43

2.3 Questions About Origins 47

2.4 "God of the Gaps" 50

2.5 Evolutionary Red Herrings 52

2.6 Celebration 60

3 Job & the Silence of God 62

3.1 Job's Anguish 63

3.2 Job's Vindication 67

3.3 Epilogue 74

4 Religion And Idols 75

4.1 The Hegelian Legacy 76

4.2 Secularist Critiques 79

4.3 A Biblical Critique 83

4.4 False Gospels 87

4.5 Turning the Tables 94

4.6 Beyond Experience 99

4.7 Back to the Future 101

5 The Violence of Idols 103

5.1 Idol-formation 104

5.2 The New Demons 108

5.3 Development as Ideology 113

5.4 The Watery Chaos: Gen 6-8 121

5.5 The Unfinished Tower: Gen 11 124

6 Science and Anti-Science 129

6.1 The Faith of Science 133

6.2 Research and Responsibility 138

6.3 The Assault on Objectivity 145

6.4 Towards a Christian Response 151

6.5 Reductionist Science 155

6.6 Epilogue 160

7 Idols of Reason and Unreason 161

7.1 Building on Quicksand 162

7.2 The Post-Kuhnian Perspective 166

7.3 Personal Knowledge 172

7.4 Theological Implications 176

7.5 Alienated Minds 178

8 The Cross and Idols 181

8.1 Power Confrontations 181

8.2 The God of the Cross 185

8.3 The Cross Among the Nations 196

8.4 Conclusion 204

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