Thinking after Illich
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On the death of
Ivan Illich


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Cayley, David ed. (2004): The rivers north of the future. The testament of Ivan Illich as told to David Cayley. [Foreword by Charles Taylor.] House of Anansi Press: Toronto, ON; XX, 252 pages


In The Rivers North of the Future David Cayley has compiled Ivan Illich's moving and insightful thoughts concerning the fate of the Christian Gospel. Illich's view, which could be summed up as "the corruption of the best is the worst",- is that Jesus' call to love more abundantly became the basis for new forms of power in the hands of those who organized and administered this New Testament. Illich also explores the invention of technology, the road from hospitality to the hospital, the criminalization of sin, the church as the template of the modern state, and the death of nature. Illich's analysis of contemporary society as a congealed and corrupted Christianity is both a bold historical hypothesis and a call to believers to re-invent the Christian church.

Ivan Illich (1926-2002) was a brilliant polymath, an iconoclastic thinker, and a prolific writer. He was a priest, vice-rector of a university, founder of the Centre for Intercultural Documentation in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and author of numerous books, including Deschooling Society, Tools for Conviviality, Energy and Equity, and Medical Nemesis.

[Quelle:\1reviews=ON Titel: House of Anansi Press : titles (Samstag, 17. Juni 2006 14:41:24)]

Reviews of the english edition

Costello, Jack (2005): Ivan Illich on the church: from community of spirit to control centre.
Titel: Catholic New Times: Ivan Illich on the church: from community of spirit to control centre (Samstag, 17. Juni 2006 15:13:55) [Published also by: Catholic New Times. June 5, 2005]

Smith, Laurel (2005): -----. [Review of: The Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich, as told to David Cayley, foreword by Charles Taylor, Toronto: Anansi Press, 2004. 252 pp.];
[Source: (June, 17 2006)]

German edition

Reviews of the german edition

by Helmut Woll (2006)

by Ulrike Baureithel (2006): "Die Moderne als Perversion des Glaubens"
[Source: /2006/nr20/Kultur/13362.html (June 8, 2006)]

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