"Why do we put so many resources into medicine, education and law with so little apparent benefit? Why do we hold the professions in awe and allow them to set up what are in effect monopolies? This fascinating and controversial collection of essays challenges the power and the mystique of the modern professions. "
Illich stated that, "The disabling of the citizens through professional dominance is completed through the power of illusion. Religion finally becomes displaced, not by the state or the waning of the faith, but by professional establishments and client confidence. The professionals appropriate the special knowledge to define the public issues in terms of problems. The acceptance of this claim legitimatize the docile recognition of imputed lacks on the part of the layman: his world turns into an echo-chamber of needs."
Dr. Bartlett's Comments: This is an excellent book because it reveals the reasons why the pursuit of the modern college degree, pointed toward a modern job or career, displaces Christianity through subtle philosophical manipulation. In essence, the professionalization of law, medicine, engineering, education and the trades has made them alot like the politically correct public schools. This disabling issue with the professions also explains why reforming a profession from within its establishment is highly unlikely. I pray that many home school families will read this book and begin reforming their profession of interest, to bring glory to God and genuinely serve mankind in simplicity godly sincerity!
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5