Željko Senković in his book God within the Limits of Futility calls for reflection on the historical, cultural, psychological-political and anthropological aspects of the concept of the divine. Analyzing new directions on the beaten track, the author takes into account the importance of classical insights about the connection between the divine and the human, and realizes that today we desperately need a civilized gentleness with which to oppose the hectic and constantly growing power of the material, which leads to the vulgarization of all aspects of the life of the spirit. The faith of the believer and the unbelief of the unbeliever are shown to be fictitious dividers in the web of futility, because we are all mutually determined by the alternating dynamism of creativity and resignation, affirmation and reactivity, design and cancellation, while we exist in the abyss of freedom.
The author opens many questions: from dialogue between religions and anthropological-technical horizons to ancient practices of asceticism and mysticism. Greek and Indian philosophies are not only conceived as theories, but as horizons of possibilities about how to truly be, and Senković offers a multitude of observations about side and intriguing horizons in the relationship between the religious and social realms.
Although the book is structured in two parts – the softer, essayistic approach of the first part is complemented by studies on the Greeks, Kant and Christian themes – the author persists in questioning and resisting self-understanding.

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Dreams of true humanism, salvation and eternal peace have been dreamed away. Instead of the world as a place of freedom, we have an organized world with shameless neoliberalism and the glare of pointless entertainment. Churches today primarily deal with sales contracts, fight for large estates and material privileges, and hypocritically teach about sex as a favorite topic. It never occurs to them to give away their enormous wealth to the poor and modern slaves.
If a real global turnaround takes place, the world will become a different place, different from today's world of injustice, slavery and violence, through joint human action, with religious and non-religious, believers and non-believers, in pluralism and openness.

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When we are not threatened by other people, we are threatened by nature outside of us or within us. Of course, most people know days of serenity and peace. But suffering, discomfort, restlessness and dissatisfaction inevitably come. We are probably the only creatures on Earth who are terrified of death, while we simultaneously kill members of our own species and often needlessly put our own lives on the line. Moreover, a look from the side might reveal in us some kind of genetic disorder that leads to suicidal tendencies, which is also shown in the relationship with Nature, in what the Greeks considered to be Everything. Nature should be respected by respecting measure and striving for harmony, but in our epoch it is ominously shown that the situation with climate change and pollution of the planet is not improving, despite the information about it. Information is not insight, just as knowledge is not wisdom.

Željko Senković

  • ISBN: 978-953-369-031-5
  • Dimensions: 142x205 mm
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2023