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The rivers north of the future : the testament of Ivan Illich

Author: Ivan Illich; David Cayley
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : House of Anansi Press ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, ©2005.
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"Ivan Illich was an iconoclast who urged a fundamental rethinking of modern institutions. He believed that Western civilization can only be understood properly as a corruption of the New Testament. Christ set love higher than law, as illustrated by his story of the Good Samaritan, but when this love was itself made law by the Church, an entirely new type of power was produced. Illich found the roots of modernity in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interview
Named Person: Illich
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ivan Illich; David Cayley
ISBN: 0887847145 9780887847141
OCLC Number: 56632489
Description: xx, 252 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword by Charles Taylor --
Preface --
Introduction --
I. THE CORRUPTION OF THE BEST IS THE WORST --
1. Gospel --
2. Mysterium --
3. Contingency, Part 1 : a world in the hands of God --
4. Contingency, Part 2 : the origin of technology --
5. The criminalization of sin --
6. Fear --
7. The Gospel and the gaze --
8. Health --
9. Proportionality --
10. School --
11. Friendship --
12. On knowing how to die : the last days of Savonarola --
13. The age of systems --
14. Envoi --
II. REITERATIONS --
15. The beginning of the end --
16. Conscience --
17. The crowning glory --
18. From tools to systems --
19. Embodiment and disembodiment --
20. Conspiratio --
21. Across the watershed --
22. Gratuity --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: as told to David Cayley ; foreword by Charles Taylor.
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"Ivan Illich was an iconoclast who urged a fundamental rethinking of modern institutions. He believed that Western civilization can only be understood properly as a corruption of the New Testament. Christ set love higher than law, as illustrated by his story of the Good Samaritan, but when this love was itself made law by the Church, an entirely new type of power was produced. Illich found the roots of modernity in the attempts of the churches to institutionalize, legitimize, and manage Christian vocation." "In The Rivers North of the Future, based on a series of interviews with David Cayley in the late 1990s, Illich explores this theme - characterized by the saying "The corruption of the best is the worst." Illich's analysis of contemporary society as a congealed and corrupted Christianity is both a bold historical hypothesis and an invitation to believers to revise and renew their understanding of Christian faith."--Jacket.

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