Whether listeners are devout believers or distant seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist certainty in order to open listeners up to a more loving, active manifestation of Christ’s love. In contrast to the usual understanding of the "Good News" as a message offering satisfaction and certainty, Rollins argues for a radical and shattering alternative. He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark.
Showing how God has traditionally been approached as a product that will render us complete, remove our suffering, and reveal the answers, he introduces an incendiary approach to faith that invites us to joyfully embrace our brokenness, resolutely face our unknowing, and courageously accept the difficulties of existence. Only then, he argues, can we truly rob death of its sting and enter into the fullness of life.
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"Caveat emptor. Let the [listener], the Christian, the skeptic beware, for with The Idolatry of God, Peter Rollins has taken his theological programme of turning everything we believe upside down to the next level. Not content to simply subvert how we believe, Rollins now turns his attention to what we believe. If you don’t want your faith challenged, do read this book." (Tony Jones, theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch and the author of A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin)
What a breath of fresh air! To say "I know," in the context of theology, is a form of idolatry. Understandably this is not an idea that will fit well with conservative and evangelical Christians. After all, the basis for various denominations is "we have insight into 'truth' that you don't." We "know!"
Rollins destroys this assumption brilliantly. That been said, it is not necessary to agree with everything he says to appreciate this book. I purchased this book based solely on the subtitle "Breaking our addiction to certainty." During the first chapter I started to wonder. Rollings makes a big issue of a sense of loss that we all feel, is at the core of our being, and has something to do with the birth experience. Well, maybe, and as my teenager would say "Whatever!"
Once past that, however, I became captivated. I would urge all believers to read/listen to this book. Yes, it will make you uncomfortable but it will make you think.
Finally an honest theology on God and Christ that I can understand both logically and that resonates with my soul.
Rollins discusses faith, religion, doubt, and Christian concepts. He does so in a way that makes sense and sits well with not only the scriptures but with doubt and ones deepest fears and hopes. He tackles the hard stuff. He tackles the "simple truths", the simple truths that may not be true at all. He investigates why we often don't question and why we should question.
Again, all I can say is finally. Finally someone that has had the same struggles and thoughts. Finally someone that has worked through this and shared it in a way I can follow. Finally I have a clearer path of what my faith and doubt are good for. How they are interwoven- to make a beautiful new view of life, faith, and finding truth and God. But not in the way I previously thought. In a way that is more real, more tactile and philosophical all at the same time. Finally.
This book has opened my eyes to the false idol worship of God. It has fundamentally changed the way I see God worship no matter the religion, but especially in Christianity. Feeling claustrophobic in your religion? Read this book. feeling content with you religion? Definitely read this book!
No. I've pursued the thought-provoking insights the book has to offer, but they ended up getting me no further in my spiritual quest and, in fact, left me a little depressed about the whole subject.
This book has no characters.
He doesn't rush the reading, but some of the words he speaks are difficult to understand due to his thick accent.
A thought-provoking journey into depression.
This is my first Peter Rollins book and he strikes me as intelligent and educated. That said, I had a hard time listening to this book and it's content. The book strikes me as a pool of philosophy and doesn't really answer questions. I guess if that is the sort of thing you enjoy then great, this book might be enjoyable.
I get that churches and wrong images of god can be idolized, but God (the real one) cannot be idolized.
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