The Powers That Be (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 24, 2010 - Religion - 240 pages
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In our fast-paced secular world, God and theology††are second-class citizens. Money, politics, sports, and science seem better suited to the††hard realities of our world. As the church steeple has been eclipsed by the skyscraper as the centerpiece of the urban landscape, so has the divine realm been set aside in favor of more immediate human experience. One sad consequence of this shift is the loss of spiritual and theological bearings, most clearly evident in our inability to understand or speak about such things. If the old way of viewing the universe no longer works, something else has to replace it.

The Powers That Be reclaims the divine realm as central to human existence by offering new ways of understanding our world in theological terms. Walter Wink reformulates ancient concepts, such as God and the devil, heaven and hell, angels and demons, principalities and powers, in light of our modern experience. He helps us see heaven and hell, sin and salvation, and the powers that shape our lives as tangible parts of our day-to-day experience, rather than as mysterious phantoms. Based on his reading of the Bible and analysis of the world around him, Wink creates a whole new language for talking about and to God. Equipped with this fresh world view, we can embark on a new relationship with God and our world into the next millennium.


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Review: The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium

User Review  - Charlie Byers - Goodreads

If you don't do religion, skip the first and last chapters, but by all means, dig into this book if you want passionate, actionable, well-researched criticism of the world system we live under. Wink's ... Read full review

Review: The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium

User Review  - Brian Henry - Goodreads

Very very pop-level. I feel slightly uncomfortable with how he dismisses the demonic without any argument or explaining why. Also Girardian atonement has its place but it's not the end-all-be-all. His ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
3
Identifiing the Powers
11
Iesus Answer to Domination
65
Breaking the Spiral of Violence
83
Iesus Third
97
Practical Nonviolence
113
Beyond Pacifism and just
128
But What If 9
147
The Gift of the Enemy
163
Prayer and the Powers
181
Epilogue
202
Index
210
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About the author (2010)

Dr. Walter Wink is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize, awarded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation for 2006.

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