The Powers That Be

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Doubleday, 1999 - Religion - 224 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  - Dave Minor - Goodreads

I was forrunate to pick this book up at Bookmans in Flagstaff. Very important read for the disciple of Jesus. Sadly, most I know will not. Too far outside the ev box. Nonetheless, it is an eye opener ... Read full review

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

User Review  - John Lussier - Goodreads

Wink present a synopsis of his previous trilogy on principalities and powers. He begins by describing the nature of the powers, embodied spiritual forces/beliefs. These are created entities that God ... Read full review

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Identifying the Powers
The Domination System

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About the author (1999)

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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