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House of Anansi Press

The Rivers North of the Future

Written by David Cayley • Foreword by Charles Taylor

Published February 26, 2005 | ISBN 9780887847141
EDUCATION / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects

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256 pages | 9.630 in × 6.000 in
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About this book

The Rivers North of the Future

David Cayley • Charles Taylor

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.

With a foreword by Charles Taylor.

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.

About the Creators

David Cayley

David Cayley is a producer at CBC Radio as well as a writer. He is the author of The Rivers North of the Future and The Expanding Prison which began as a series of broadcasts for Ideas. Cayley is also a contributor to Anansi's In Conversation series, which includes books on Ivan Illich, Northrop Frye, and George Grant. He lives in Toronto.em

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor is emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill University. He is also the author of the much acclaimed books Sources of the Self and A Secular Age. He is the winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize.