The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and by Peter Rollins

By Peter Rollins

No matter if readers are religious believers or far away seekers, The Idolatry of God indicates that we needs to lay down our certainties and in truth admit our doubts to spot with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist simple task with the intention to open readers as much as a extra loving, energetic manifestation of Christ’s love.

In distinction to the standard realizing of the “Good News” as a message providing delight and simple task, Rollins argues for an intensive and shattering substitute. He explores how the good news really consists of embracing the concept we can’t be entire, that lifestyles is tough, and that we're in the dead of night. displaying how God has often been approached as a product that may render us whole, eliminate our anguish, and show the solutions, he introduces an incendiary method of religion that invitations us to joyfully include our brokenness, resolutely face our unknowing, and courageously settle for the problems of lifestyles. simply then, he argues, will we really rob loss of life of its sting and input into the fullness of lifestyles.

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Serious discipleship, exuding the joy of the resurrection, is the vocation of all believers. DONALD B. KRAYBILL, DIRECTOR YOUNG CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ANABAPTIST AND PIETIST GROUPS ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE ELIZABETHTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA Page 13 Preface I wish to express my gratitude to a number of people whose efforts have made this book possible. The final product has benefited from criticism of earlier drafts of the entire manuscript by Professors Stanley Hauerwas, Kenneth Surin, Geoffrey Wainwright, and Frederick Herzog.

Yet the central organizing principle, which holds these divergent concerns together, is precisely the temporal view of eschatology. It enables us to see the resurrection of Jesus as the beginning of a new age of God's kingdom, which one day will consummate in God's final victory over 'all sin and death. The acceptance of this eschatology leads logically to certain ecclesiological and moral commitments. Hence, rather than simply a collection of five essays on various theological and moral issues, the book advances one central Page 20 point: a proper view of eschatology leads naturally to determinate views of the Christian life and the social location and moral analysis that are appropriate to it.

Bultmann takes this theological tack because he wants to affirm Christian faith and the relevance of Jesus' teaching while allowing that "it is impossible ... 30 Implicit in Bultmann's claim is the assumption that an eschatological worldview oriented toward the future of a coming reign of God cannot be the worldview of moderns. Bultmann makes this assertion because his theological project focuses primarily on the relationship of the modern individual to God. 31 Bultmann employs the method of demythologizing to recover Page 26 the timeless truth of Jesus' preaching of the kingdom in a way congenial to contemporary sensibilities.

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