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The Idolatry of God Audiobook

The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

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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.

©2013 Peter Rollins (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Evert Burtonsville, MD, United States 08-06-13
    Evert Burtonsville, MD, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Lot to Think About"

    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.

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    Brandy Wood 08-30-16
    Brandy Wood 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Finally."

    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.

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    ND4SP33D ANAHEIM, CA, United States 08-19-16
    ND4SP33D ANAHEIM, CA, United States 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "kick in the throat"

    a much needed kick for an ex-christian to figure out how to start loving people.

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    Jennifer 07-18-17
    Jennifer 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "How to start a fire"

    I started this book while I'm the Philippines with my husband. Completely outside my comfort zone, in obvious culture shock and feeling very dependent on the help of others to live daily life. Talk about unpleasant yet perfect timing to dive into this content. As I listened, processed and often re-listened (had to rewind and pause A LOT) I was struck deeply. I think if you're willing to move through the fear, this book will give you the tools to start the kind of fire the burns fervently. It's not an answer, a quick and easy solution or a rebuttal. However, it's immensely powerful stuff, at least it was to me. As a person who can (now) admit that I often choose the safety and comfort of a god of certainty, starting a fire is so deeply needed and valued. If you read the book this next portion will probably make more sense. I have never felt so alien to myself. I have never felt so odds. I have also never felt this thoroughly honest and authentic.

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    Claire A. Tessier Akron, OH United States 05-11-17
    Claire A. Tessier Akron, OH United States 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lessons about love"

    I left Catholism and Christianity many years ago. I probably will not return to Catholicism because of its hatred of ~55% of the world (women and homosexuals) but it is nice to see that there is real love in some corners of the institution.

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    Michael Pigg 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you Peter"

    thank you for sharing unconventional thoughts with such courage....your articulations are helpful as we explore our faith...

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    04-24-17
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    "Pete is the best!"

    Wonderful. A great final step before I begin my reconstruction. Helped me to explore everything I set out to. Clapping, Mr. Rollins.

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    taylor storey California/China 04-01-17
    taylor storey California/China 04-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very good"

    possibly a little difficult of a book for the average reader, but after having been familiar with Rollins and some of his sources (zizek, Bonhoeffer, Nietzsche, Tillich) very appreciated. lots of excellent life giving (though sometimes seemingly life destroying!) messages in here. you have to lose your life in order to find it...

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    Andy thomas 06-16-16
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    "Genius"

    This review requires me to put at least 20 words in the review so, genius!

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    kyle baines 03-08-16
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    "A truly life altering book"

    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!

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