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Seeing Through Cynicism


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Part 1: The Anatomy of Cynicism
1. Introducing Cynicism
2. Cynicism: New and Used
3. Seeing Through People
4. Seeing Through Institutions: Government, Family and Church
5. Seeing Through God
6. Seeing Through Human Knowledge of God: The Masters of Suspicion
7. Seeing Through Meaning to Power: Postmodern Cynicism
8. Seeing Through Everything Else: Boredom, Irony and Satire

Part 2: Raising Questions
9. Suspecting Our Suspicions
10. The Vulnerability of Cynicism
11. Suspecting Contemporary Suspicion About God

Part 3: An Honest Alternative to Cynicism
12. The Providence of God: A Theology of Brokenness
13. Living with the Providence of God
14. Providence Experienced: Does Jesus Make Any Difference?
15. A Pointer to Transcendence
16. What If the Transcendent Has Come to Earth?
17. Questions About a Transcendent Message

Part 4: Redeeming Suspicion: A God's-Eye View
18. What If God Is Not a Cynic?
19. Seeing Through Cynicism
20. Beyond Cynicism: Humility--The Reality Check
21. Beyond Cynicism II: Individuality and Charity--Walking a Tightrope
22. Cynicism and Marriage
23. Cynicism and the Church
24. Cynicism and Government
25. Hope and the Costs of Cynicism


About the Author

Dick Keyes (B.A., Harvard; 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.


Written by the co-director of the New England L'Abri, it brings together insightful cultural criticism, thoughtful psychological study, a critique of an unqualified shift to the postmodern, and how all of this allows many of us to wallow in our nearly self-righteous contempt for nearly everything. This is a book, I say again, that is truly thoughtful and exceedingly rich. It is very important, and utterly compelling for those willing to work through it. -- Byron Borger, Hearts Minds Books (, August 30, 2008

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