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Overview Based on his reading of the Bible and analysis of the world around him, a biblical scholar develops a way of viewing ancient concepts, such as heaven, hell, angels, and demons, in light of modern experience and in a way accessible to all peoples. Reprint.
Publishers Description 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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Studio: Galilee Trade
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.21" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 16, 1999
Publisher Three Rivers Press
ISBN 0385487525 ISBN13 9780385487528
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More About Walter Wink
DR. WALTER WINK (1935-2012) was an influential American biblical scholar, theologian, and activist, and was an important figure in progressive Christianity. He was well known for his advocacy of, and work related to, nonviolent resistance. Wink earned his Ph.D. at The Union Theological Seminary where he taught for nine years, and in 2010 was honored with the Unitas Distinguished Alumni Award. He went on to spend much of his career teaching at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. Wink wrote more than sixteen books as well as hundreds of scholarly articles, and is recognized for coining the phrase the myth of redemptive violence. With his wife, June Keener Wink, he held workshops around the world that combined religious-themed pottery, dancing, and Biblical interpretation. Wink died in 2012 from complications of dementia."
Walter Wink currently resides in Sandisfield, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Powers That Be?
Many Christians, Jews and Moslems may have been seduced by the whore of Babylon Apr 3, 2008
I read this book twice as a facilitator of Just Faith a seminar meant to deepen spirituality and faith in Jesus. I agree with much of what other 5 star reviewers have mentioned but these reviews have left a big piece of the puzzle missing which I would like to address in this review. Wink's genius in this book is in pointing out the Babylonian creation story as the archetype behind the myth of redemptive violence. In it he explains the rise of male domination and just as importantly gives us a clear image of what so many people of faith put their nearly blind faith into. It is not Jesus, God, Yahweh, Allah or Mohammed but Marduk a god from the ancient Babylonian creation story. This Marduk is the god that so many people around the globe truly worship in the form of redemptive violence which Wink portrays as myth. We have created endless ritual on our TVs, movies, books, politics, etc. to worship and indoctrinate everyone on the face of the earth into worshipping this God most of us have not heard of. This is hugely important for all of us as we struggle to redeem our world and the "Powers That Be". This may be the most empowering book people of faith can read. IF the work of a Christian is about conversion - turning from darkness to light - this is the book to get you going in the right direction. It is also a fairly easy read but read it more than once. The second time stuck much better than the first.
Powerful, majestic good sense Jan 11, 2008
Wink's argument is passionate, reasonable, and convincing. Non-violent resistance has always been the Christian response to injustice, and now that force of courageous compassion is re-shaping the world. Wink's accounts of the great democratic revolutions of the 1980s and 90s give inspiring tribute to a growing movement for partnership, which is sweeping away the old "powers that be". He shows how Jesus' dream for the world is practical, doable, and just good sense. "God's domination-free order", he feels confident, will prevail.
Not the Dominant Perspective Jan 1, 2008
From Constantine forward the majority view in Christendom has been one of domination. In "The Powers That Be" Walter Wink exposes the lie of redemptive violence as it pervades our society, and reveals the "third way" of Jesus (neither fight nor flight). Although clearly not a theological conservative, Mr. Wink deals respectfully with the scriptural text in elaborating his research and ideas. Thus, while a reader may question this or that point, overall he or she will find that this book resounding rings true. Worth more than a single read, "The Powers That Be" serves as a starting point for deeper study and further action.
The powers that be Sep 10, 2007
We purchased this book for our daughter for college and we were very pleased with this purchase.
Non-Violence at it's best Jul 11, 2007
This book is amazing. If you haven't read it . . . you need to soon. Although have patience sorting through the first 2 chapters as it takes time to build Wink's case for a creative 3rd way of non-violence. The book is rather short and focuses on Walter Wink's thoughts on "the powers that be" in our world. And how we are to creatively oppose them through non-violent means. It was like a drink of fresh water after watching, reading, hearing, and seeing what Washington deems to be the best possible solution to violence . . . namely more violence. Wink put into words so much of what I've been thinking over the past few months. And gave me hope that while it is truly a difficult and apparently non-realistic way to engage in conflict . . . it is in fact way easier and extremely realistic when seen from the perspective of the crucified Christ.