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Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination Paperback – January 1, 1992
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The type of spiritually grounded, proactive, creative nonviolence advocated in this book is a complete paradigm shift, an entire dimension apart from the simplistic dichotomy of violence vs. "passivism" that most of us unfortunately believe are our only choices.
The book includes numerous examples and interesting Biblical exegesis on top of an incredibly insightful exploration of the myth of redemptive violence and the Domination System that comprises our human society.
Fundamental to Wink's analysis of our society is his assertion that spiritual Powers are real -- but not simply as angels floating in the clouds or demons waiting in hell to gloat over your soul, but as the psychospiritual complexes that are formed from collective human belief and energy. Our governmental and corporate institutions are themselves Powers, having a spiritual existence in the sense of having a Being above and beyond the sum of the individuals that comprise them (as well as enjoying legal status that puts them on the same footing as a human being!). Unrecognized, the Powers run amuck amongst us. We are slaves to our own creation, and blind to our slavery. Our allegiance to the Power of the national security state, for instance, blinds us to its own violence, opens us to being subverted to evil ends, allows us to be convinced that upholding democracy and freedom is synonymous with the killing of others.Read more ›
In general, I am enthusiastic about this book because it is a much appreciated example of a new generation of Christian thinkers who are opening themselves to thinking outside the conventions of rigid conservatism yet marking a pathway for relevant & transforming spiritual vitality. Wink importantly grapples with the conservative traditionalist delineation of the biblical God as the source of sacred violence. A wrathful God who punishes and requires blood sacrifice even to the extent of requiring the sacrificial death of Jesus articulates a schizophrenic understanding of God that in the end is incongruous with absolute love. Wink along with other Christian thinkers such as Rene Girard, Rita Nakashima Brock, Rebecca Ann Parker, Jack Nelson Pallmeyer and many others are attempting to lead us to a more fully integrated concept of a loving God and that is to be heartily congratulated.
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Rare to find an academic mind so spiritually engaged. Great Book!Published 1 month ago by William Baldwin
It will open your mind in a new way to the vitality of the Bible in the world of today. Although it was written over twenty years ago it is perhaps even more meaningful now.Published 8 months ago by rwgable
Came in time and in good condition; price was right. Thank you.Published 9 months ago by margaret k gaynor
This author truly helps the reader understand the full nature of Jesus' intervention in history to engage and unbalance abusive powers of his time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by BeachTass
My home is a library. I read scads of books, many on social justice. And I've ready many excellent books in my life. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by slingersue
Walter Wink, in this trilogy, uncovers foundational truths about the nature of the kingdom/reign that Jesus proclaimed by his life and teaching. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by bruce henzell
Wink is correct to say the powers were and are persons and
not bodiless demons, etc. I had understood that before, so this
was repetition for me.