Seeing Through Cynicism
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? ...
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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.
Dick Keyes (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, Seeing through Cynicism and Chameleon Christianity. He has also written chapters in anthologies such as Finding God at Harvard (edited by Kelly Monroe).
- <strong>part 1: The Anatomy Of Cynicism</strong>
- 1. Introducing Cynicism
- 2. Cynicism: New And Used
- 3. Seeing Through People
- 4. Seeing Through Institutions: Government, Family And Church
- 5. Seeing Through God
- 6. Seeing Through Human Knowledge Of God: The Masters Of Suspicion
- 7. Seeing Through Meaning To Power: Postmodern Cynicism
- 8. Seeing Through Everything Else: Boredom, Irony And Satire
- <strong>part 2: Raising Questions</strong>
- 9. Suspecting Our Suspicions
- 10. The Vulnerability Of Cynicism
- 11. Suspecting Contemporary Suspicion About God
- <strong>part 3: An Honest Alternative To Cynicism</strong>
- 12. The Providence Of God: A Theology Of Brokenness
- 13. Living With The Providence Of God
- 14. Providence Experienced: Does Jesus Make Any Difference?
- 15. A Pointer To Transcendence
- 16. What If The Transcendent Has Come To Earth?
- 17. Questions About A Transcendent Message
- <strong>part 4: Redeeming Suspicion: A God's-eye View</strong>
- 18. What If God Is Not A Cynic?
- 19. Seeing Through Cynicism
- 20. Beyond Cynicism: Humility--the Reality Check
- 21. Beyond Cynicism Ii: Individuality And Charity--walking A Tightrope
- 22. Cynicism And Marriage
- 23. Cynicism And The Church
- 24. Cynicism And Government
- 25. Hope And The Costs Of Cynicism