Escape from God: The Use of Religion and Philosophy to Evade Responsibility
Hope Pub House (June 1, 1991)
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This is a book about the high price of life, the high price of love, the high price of happiness. It is about the complex, demanding, compassionate Christianity that Jesus lived, loved and died for. It is about the inevitability of joy and suffering, disappointment, loss and heartbreak. Central to its thesis is the high price that God pays, and that God's children must pay, for the privilege of loving and being loved. It details how philosophy, theology and psychology have been twisted and subverted to draw humankind away from, instead of closer to, God. It clearly reveals how people in myriad ways have attempted to escape from their Creator. It explores the reality of loneliness, frustration, the pang of need and incompletion. It addresses the sordid, their rational, the depraved, the terribly evil. But this is not a negative or depressing book. It is paean to joy, to love. It powerfully affirms the hope of the committed. Those willing to pay the price will know the sustaining, empowering love of God. Need, risk, freedom, challenge, responsibility--these are the inexorable requirements of the abundant life. The author of his fascinating, demanding, thought-provoking book dares readers to reexamine their comfortable, narrow understandings of this life and the one to come. Dean Turner, university professor, philosopher-theologian and ordained minister, expands our vision of life, death and the true price of spiritual wholeness. Again and again he relentlessly exposes the petty ruses we vainly use to avoid facing reality. He challenges us to break out of our shallow half-lives and dare to embrace intimacy, faith and full commitment. To do this, we must confront unsettling questions, squarely face the ultimacy of the duty to care. At the core of every life dwells a quest for rapture. But we must face one certain, unalterable fact. Rapture has its price. Escapism is the indisposition of people to look straight into the face of God for fear of seeing the formidable message of responsibility that His eyes clearly convey.