Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping Our World - eBook  -     By: Vinoth Ramachandra
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IVP Academic / 2009 / ePub

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It is a myth that only the uninformed masses believe in myths and that power brokers, media moguls, leading scientists, financial tycoons, political luminaries and intellectual elites don't. The myths that the ruling classes believe may be more sophisticated, but they are myths nonetheless.

These public, large-scale narratives engage our imaginations and shape the way we experience the world. They are the stories that tell us what is important to know and how to live.

Subverting Global Myths takes up six areas of contemporary global discourse---terrorism, religious violence, human rights, multiculturalism, science and postcolonialism. Here powerful myths energize and mobilize considerable public funding as well as academic production. This book is not addressed primarily to theological specialists, but to all thoughtful readers who are concerned about the public issues that shape our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Vinoth Ramachandra draws at length on his own experience working among university students and professors against a backdrop of militant religious and secular ideologies in Sri Lanka, a country that has suffered from "terrorism" and a "war on terror" that has claimed over sixty thousand lives since the late 1970s and shows no signs of abating. Reflected as well is his experience of living and traveling extensively not only in the West but in several of the trouble spots of Asia today.

Thoughtful critical readers who care to explore reality rather than flip from one reality show to another will appreciate this invitation to subvert present reality in order to make way for another.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780830877065
ISBN-13: 9780830877065
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It is a myth that only the uninformed masses believe in myths and that power brokers, media moguls, leading scientists, financial tycoons, political luminaries and intellectual elites don't. The myths that the ruling classes believe may be more sophisticated, but they are myths nonetheless. These public, large-scale narratives engage our imaginations and shape the way we experience the world. They are the stories that tell us what is important to know and how to live. Subverting Global Myths takes up six areas of contemporary global discourse--terrorism, religious violence, human rights, multiculturalism, science and postcolonialism. Here powerful myths energize and mobilize considerable public funding as well as academic production. This book is not addressed primarily to theological specialists, but to all thoughtful readers who are concerned about the public issues that shape our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Vinoth Ramachandra draws at length on his own experience working among university students and professors against a backdrop of militant religious and secular ideologies in Sri Lanka, a country that has suffered from "terrorism" and a "war on terror" that has claimed over sixty thousand lives since the late 1970s and shows no signs of abating. Reflected as well is his experience of living and traveling extensively not only in the West but in several of the trouble spots of Asia today. Thoughtful critical readers who care to explore reality rather than flip from one reality show to another will appreciate this invitation to subvert present reality in order to make way for another.

Author Bio

Vinoth Ramachandra lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds both a B.S. (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of London. An Anglican lay-theologian, writer, teacher and human rights advocate, he combines multiple interests in his international work with IFES, a global partnership of over 150 university-level Christian movements.

Endorsements

"Ramachandra offers us a subversive book. If you prefer not to be provoked and challenged, do not read it. Based on solid biblical and theological ground, and on a meticulous and careful reading of cultural trends, this Sri Lankan theologian helps us to identify the global myths that hold us captive and look at them from a critical Christian perspective. With this book Ramachandra sets himself as a great Christian apologist for our time." —Samuel Escobar, Professor, Theological Seminary of the Spanish Baptist Union, Madrid, Spain

"Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Ramachandra exposes the idolatry often masked in so much of the current discourse on globalization. This is a learned and wise book written with a theological sensibility that hopefully will be read not only by those identified as Christians but also by many others. I have read few books from which I have learned more. I really hope this book will have the impact it deserves." —Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

"Insightful in his analysis and incisive in his argument, Vinoth Ramachandra exposes the clay feet of six of the most formidable idols in the pantheon of our globalized world. Anyone interested in some of the most fundamental themes shaping public discourse today should read this book." —Robert Schreiter, author of The New Catholicity: Theology Between the Global and the Local

"This is a provocative and powerful piece of work, jolting us from the comfort of our ideological slumber, compelling us to critically reflect on unexamined beliefs of the age. It reads like The Clash of Civilizations from the reverse perspective. Carl Sandburg's imagery of 'the hammer' slashing old gods and emerging idols would best capture Ramachandra's prophetic force." —Carver T. Yu, China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong

"A very brave and timely screening of our modern myth-making era. Reading it is not your expected apologetic myth-debunking exercise, but rather an engaging interdisciplinary participation in exploring and exploding powerful modern myths in the secular and religious mine fields of both the right and the left. With analytical precision and prophetic boldness, Ramachandra challenges progressive elites, the politically powerful, scientific communities and religious leaders everywhere to a thorough reexamination of false beliefs and faulty practices. His stellar commitments and penetrating convictions provide a much-needed ethical corrective, calling all of us to critical discernment, moral accountability, ideologically nontainted truth telling and renewal of credibility. A must-read for any thinking Christian and their skeptical friends!" —Peter Kuzmic, Evandjeoski Teoloski Fakultet, Zagreb/Osijek, Croatia

Author Bio

Vinoth Ramachandra lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds both a B.S. (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of London. An Anglican lay-theologian, writer, teacher and human rights advocate, he combines multiple interests in his international work with IFES, a global partnership of over 150 university-level Christian movements.

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