Engaging The Powers

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Wink explores the problem of evil today and how it relates to the New Testament concept of Principalities and Powers. He asks the question "How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves?"

Winner of the Pax Christi Award, the Academy of Parish Clergy Book of the Year, and the Midwest Book Achievement Award for Best Religious Book.

Final volume in Wink's Powers trilogy. Expanding upon his hypothesis that the "principalities and powers" of the New Testament are the social systems that sustain life and maintain order, Wink says that subversion of the powers resulted in the Domination System--male supremacy, economic oppression, class distinction, and racism--which Jesus intended to replace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800626464
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Powers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 301,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Symbols
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 The Domination System
1 The Myth of the Domination System 13
The Myth of Redemptive Violence
The Myth of Redemptive Violence in Popular Culture Today
Redemptive Violence and the National Security State
2 The Origin of the Domination System 33
Are Human Beings Violent by Nature?
A Time before the Domination System?
The Rise of the Domination System
The Emergent Biblical Alternative
The Future of God's Reign
3 Naming the Domination System 51
Kosmos: The Domination System
Aion: The Domination Epoch
Sarx: Dominated Existence
4 The Nature of the Domination System 65
The Powers Are Good
The Powers Are Fallen
The Powers Will Be Redeemed
5 Unmasking the Domination System 87
The Delusional Apparatus according to Revelation 12-13
The Manufacture of Idolatry according to Revelation 13
The Delusional Assumptions
Liberation from the Delusional System
Pt. 2 God's New Charter of Reality
6 God's Domination-Free Order: Jesus and God's Reign 109
Purity and Holiness
Women and Children
Healing and Exorcism
7 Breaking the Spiral of Violence: The Power of the Cross 139
The Victory of the Cross
Breaking the Spiral of Violence: Girard's Hypothesis
Evaluating Girard's Hypothesis
8 To Wash Off the Not Human: Becoming Expendable 157
Dying to the Powers
The Church and the Powers
Pt. 3 Engaging the Powers Nonviolently
9 Jesus' Third Way: Nonviolent Engagement 175
Jesus on Nonviolent Engagement
The Thesis Statement: Do Not Mirror Evil
Making Jesus' Teaching Operational
10 On Not Becoming What We Hate 195
We Become What We Hate
Violent Mimesis
The Contagion of Evil
11 Beyond Just War and Pacifism 209
Early Christian Nonviolence
Just War Theory
The Church's Vocation for Nonviolence
A Role for "Violence-Reduction Criteria"
Beyond Just War and Pacifism
12 But What If...? 231
Rehearsing Nonviolence
Forte versus Violence?
13 Re-visioning History: Nonviolence Past, Present, Future 243
The Past and Present of Nonviolence
The Future of Nonviolence
Pt. 4 The Powers and the Life of the Spirit
14 The Acid Test: Loving Enemies 263
God Is All-Inclusive
Against Perfectionism
The Enemy's Gift
Love Transforms
15 Monitoring Our Inner Violence 279
The Detainee Within
Something Wants Transformation
Something Wants Nonviolence
The Creative Role of Aggression
16 Prayer and the Powers 297
History Belongs to the Intercessors
God Is the Intercessor
Waging Spiritual Warfare with the Powers
Prayer and the Problem of Evil
17 Celebrating the Victory of God 319
Notes 325
Index of Passages 403
Index of Names 413
Index of Subjects 419
Acknowledgments 424
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