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The Rivers North of the Future : The Testament of Ivan Illich
"Ivan Illich was an iconoclast who urged a fundamental rethinking of modern institutions. He believed that Western civilization can only be understood properly as a corruption of the New Testament. Christ set love higher than law, as illustrated by his story of the Good Samaritan, but when this love was itself made law by the Church, an entirely new type of power was produced. Illich found the roots of modernity in the attempts of the churches to institutionalize, legitimize, and manage Christian vocation." In The Rivers North of the Future, based on a series of interviews with David Cayley in the late 1990s, Illich explores this theme - characterized by the saying "The corruption of the best is the worst." Illich's analysis of contemporary society as a congealed and corrupted Christianity is both a bold historical hypothesis and an invitation to believers to revise and renew their understanding of Christian faith.
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House of Anansi
September 02, 2011
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