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Turn Right At The Spotted Dog dGainst the system of Domination prevalent in His era but Heid not advocate passive acuiescence in violence Turning the other cheek to a superior who has backhanded an inferior is an act of The Mersey Girls defiance not submission stripping naked when oneemands one s outer garment brings The Voyages of the Princess Matilda down shame on the head of the creditor for causing the poorebtor s nakedness carrying a soldier s pack a second mile would be in violation of military law Matt 539 41 These acts The Corner House do not at all mean passively acuiescing in evil but are a studied andeliberate way of seizing the initiative and overthrowing #evil by the force of its own momentum The last supper and #by the force of its own momentum The last supper and crucifixion The Ripening Sun display Jesus non violent breaking of the spiral of violence by absorbing its momentum with his own body This is an intriguing interpretation of Jesus command too good Wink also says Reconciliation is than forgiveness Forgiveness can be unilateral reconciliation is always mutual Couldn t agree with that Wink points out that in country after country The Summer Day is Done dominated by military powers when those powers fall toemocracy the military has always opposed the process of reconciliation He cites example after example and suggests a rule of thumb aid in the healing catharsis of any nation get all the truth suggests a of thumb to aid in the healing catharsis of any nation get all the truth justice you can as soon as you can because the longer it takes the less likely it is to occur Wink uotes South African theologian Klaus N rnberger who says we are called not to be bridge builders for reconciliation but bridge crosses Jesus has already built the bridge we need to cross itHe tackles thorny uestions of true and false forgiveness true and false reconciliation And perhaps his most incisive comment to modern western Christianity is this almost throwaway line which wouldn t have been nearly as pertinent when he wrote the book as it is now To the religionist s ream of being able to be spiritual and still amass wealth within an unjust system Jesus pronounces an unconditional no You cannot serve God and wealth Matt 624 Luke 1613This is so relevant to so many twenty first century Christians To the idea that this oesn t apply because our societies are not unjust Wink simply points to the overwhelming mass of evidence to the contrary. E then shows how central concepts in the teaching of Jesus can clarify true and false ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation and apology without sacrificing justice The personal political and geopolitical pertinence of Wink's ideas shines in his iscussion of specific situations in Africa and Latin America.
CHARACTERS When the Powers Fall Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations.
This book really got me thinking about reconciliation and what it really means It got me thinking about how it is a two way street and both people it really means It got me thinking about how it is a two way street and both people to be willing to walk it or it oesn t work It got me thinking about how we can be part of the bigger picture of God s healing for the world and invite his heaven here on earth This is a brief treatment on what happens when the powers fall For Wink the powers are completely emythologized and simply stand for social structures and political entities In this book Wink means oppressive regimes Wink s purpose is articulate the appropriate response in the wake of the fall of oppressive regimes Wink argues that the #Kingdom Of God Reign Of Godarticulates A #of God reign of Godarticulates a new way of being in the world characterized by non omination forgiveness and reconciliation He spends sometimes painting a picture of what that means by recounting stories of reconciliation and examples of international situations where reconciliation is needed mid 1990 s was publication Becoming Beauty date but these could be easily updated Wink closes the book with a passionate plea foremocracy as the ultimate expression of non Ghost Rider dominationI think this book has some interesting insights and certainly believe the vision of Jesus and the Kingdom of God should have an effect on our politics Yet Wink s analysis is rather shallow in this treatment suggestive than substantive His conjecture thatemocracy is the form of government which most fully embodies the values of the kingdom of God is suspect It may be true that non The Widow of the South domination is characteristic of the reign of God butemocracies are not always hospitable to voices on the margins Totalitarianism is wrong but so is mob rule Certainly Wink would allow as much but I wonder if he puts too much hope in emocracy Democracy is not the hope for the world Jesus is Democracy is a better alternative than ictatorship but not the ultimate expression of all that the reign of God means A shorter work by the author somewhat updating the trends noted in the final part of his trilogy on the Powers Engaging the PowersThe author recapitulates the premises of the trilogy the existence of powers and principalities as the spiritual interiority of groups and Repressive authoritarian regimes are falling and fragile new The Widow of the South democracies emerging around the globe How are longstanding conflicts andeep ivisions to be healed and enemies reconciled without breeding further injustices To answer this uestion Walter Wink here applies his compelling analysis of the Powers .
Ations the existence of the Domination System and the roles of the powers and principalities in perpetuating it Most of the book features iscussions of how the
Domination System might be overcome in individual national circumstances through nonviolence and how reconciliation could possiblySystem might be overcome in individual national circumstances through nonviolence and how reconciliation could possibly place through truth telling forgiveness and repentance Many examples from Eastern Europe and Africa are providedThis work is very light on Biblical theology and very heavy on progressivist assumptions about the benefits of emocracy and perhaps even a bit of triumphalism It would be interesting to #see how the author would consider the changes that have taken place #how the author would consider
the changes that have taken place since both globally and in regardschanges that have taken place since both globally and in regards the specific countries of which he spoke Without a oubt the ways of nonviolence should mark the followers of Jesus There is a Street Fighter (Gladiator, desperate need to rehabilitate this view There is aesperate need to confess the existence of the Powers and repent of our participation in their schemes But considering the success of the Powers in human history the author s confidence that powers are falling because of nonviolence and reconciliation is overly idealistic If you like the Politics of Jesus by Shane Claiborne then you will enjoy Wink s When the Powers Fall It applies the Gospel message of reconciliation and forgiveness to emerging nations and talks about the churches responsibility The Powers of the title refer to political structures governments corporations church authorities They Erebos 2 do not refer to any aspect of the spiritual hierarchy that Paul mentions in Ephesians For that Clinton Arnold s books including Power and Magic The Concept of Power in Ephesians and 3 Crucial uestions about Spiritual Warfare are to my mind some of the very bestIn this book Wink tackles the complex uestions of forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of the fall of political regimes which held on to power through use of unbridled murder torture rape andisappearances There is not always an easy answer when justice and truth are compromised On the personal level Wink relates a number of anecdotes and stories to illustrate his points He makes some interesting thought provoking points Jesus he claims was totally S they appear in the New Testament to the global scene Surveying the wrenching religious and ethical ilemmas involved in transitions from espotism to Chacal democracy Wink neatly summarizes key concepts from his Fortress Press trilogy on the Powers including sections on Jesus against Domination and Nonviolence