Seeing Through Cynicism: A Reconsideration of the Power of Suspicion  -     By: Dick Keyes
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Seeing Through Cynicism: A Reconsideration of the Power of Suspicion

Inter-Varsity Press / 2006 / Paperback

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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 and Chameleon Christianity. He has also written chapters in anthologies such as Finding God at Harvard (edited by Kelly Monroe). He has a B.A. in history from Harvard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830833889
ISBN-13: 9780830833887
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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.

Author Bio

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 and He has also written chapters in anthologies such as (edited by Kelly Monroe). He has a B.A. in history from Harvard.

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"With thoughtfulness far exceeding the pseudosophisticated world, Dick Keyes parts the dark clouds of cynicism, revealing an open sky of reasonable hope for the world."
"This long-awaited book is simply a feast. Dick Keyes takes us on an enthralling adventure where we meet hundreds of players and discover hundreds of insights. We are thoughtfully introduced to the major sickness of cynicism, an epidemic in our culture in many guises. Then we are shown the best response to it: not fighting fire with fire, nor with sentimentality, but with opening our eyes wide. Keyes counters cynicism with a demonstration of the great power of imagination, God's imagination, which gives us a robust hope that trumps all our unhealthy, indolent doubting. Required reading for just about anyone concerned with understanding the times and seeing in a fresh, compelling way how radiant the Christian message is."
"Dick Keyes's work here is profound, bringing his own hard-won wisdom to bear upon what is the most difficult of all human tasks; namely, can one really know what the world is like and still choose to responsibly love it? With great skill, ground out over years of listening to fellow pilgrims wrestle with their cynicism even as he has faced his own, his insights are pastorally attentive and philosophically rich. This is an important book for the young who hope, as well as for the old who still need help hoping."
"For those battered by the winds and tides of cynicism about marriage, family, politics, the church, the meaning of words, and even the character and existence of God, or for those just wanting to understand the culture in which we live, this is a brilliant and powerful exploration of a pervasive problem. Dick Keyes, in his wonderfully down-to-earth and intelligent manner, helps us to navigate between the rocks of corrosive pessimism and romantic optimism to healthy suspicion and solidly grounded hope."

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