Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination
Walter Wink's Engaging the Powers: 1. Myth of the domination system
I am always looking for books that challenge the way I read Scripture and follow Jesus. The third book in the series is Engaging the Powers. Of the three books, it may be the most practical, though the other two lay the biblical and theological groundwork for the ideas in this book. Unless you read the first two, the ideas of this book may sound outlandish, unsupported, and even extreme. For example, in previous studies, Wink showed from cultural background studies of key texts in Scripture that certain Greek words might be translated in ways that better reflect the spiritual worldview of the authors, rather than our modern scientific worldview. Take the following words for example:. Reading the Gospels and the letters of Paul and Peter with these sorts of translations in mind provide a much different picture to their message than what is traditionally taught.
Walter Wink, one of the greatest peace theologians of the past half-century, has passed from the scene. He died in his home in Massachusetts Thursday, May 10, Wink has been one of the thinkers who has influenced me the most. On two different occasions I wrote short summaries of what I found most profound in his thought. As a tribute to his life and work, I offer excerpts from each of these.
I have several themes in this chapter: I don't have page because I am reading it on a kindle The idea that children's programming could actually create shows that are good for children, promoting: "high values, ethical standards, honesty, truthfulness, mutual care and consideration, responsibility, nobility of character" - I would add the caveat that they should use the utmost creativity and not lapse into being sappy Davey and Goliath comes to mind. The idea that once indoctrinated, children may never outgrow the need to locate all evil outside themselves - no introspection or discernment. Nice how all of this is meshing with each other! Wonderful thoughts Sarah By the way I should introduce those that have commented: Woody is my oldest brother, very involved in the peace movement in Germany, and is joining the blog in hopes I will become more radically peace loving : , Suzannah is a friend from childhood from Florence Alabama who is Catholic, and Sarah is a friend from my Episcopal church here near Philadelphia who was on the Staff and very involved in Xtn ed, and recently went off to Sewanee School of Theology to study to be a Priest. Post a Comment.