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Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination [Kindle Edition]

Walter Wink
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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.

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''In this magnificent finale to this trilogy, Walter Wink engages the Powers with brilliant exergesis and a profoundly creative nonviolence, revealing the way to the Powers' and our own transformation. Wink on the Powers is a classic resource for activist and scholar alike.'' --James W. Douglass, Ground Zero Community

''This book provides an intellectual, historical, and scriptural basis for the truth of Christian nonviolence. It will be an inspiration to many people, and particularly helpful to those who have come into nonviolence intuitively, or through a painful experience.'' --Mairead (Corrigan) Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, Northern Ireland

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Walter Wink is Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. Previously, he was a parish minister and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 1989-90 he was a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He and his wife, June Keener Wink, have led workshops they describe as ''aimed at an encounter with the biblical text that will be transformative for the participants'' all over the United States and Canada, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, South Korea, East and West Germany, England, Scotland, and Ireland. They have also led workshops on nonviolence in Mexico, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. Walter Wink is author of 'The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man'' (Fortress Press, 2001) and the award-winning Fortress Press books: 'Naming the Powers' (1982), 'Unmasking the Powers' (1986), 'Engaging the Powers' (1992), and 'When the Powers Fall' (1998). He is also the editor of 'Homosexuality and Christian Faith' (Fortress Press, 1999).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5540 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (1 Jan. 1992)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars answers:how to fight evil without becoming evil 15 Oct. 2000
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Walter Wink has written perhaps the most important book about non violent resistence and about evil of this century. It has been awarded many awards in USA. The question for us all - how to confront evil without becoming evil ourselves. For when we hate - we become what we hate. His scriptural exigesis is profound. A book that will change you and has changed me. His section on prayer quite simply took my breath away. The book took a long time to read because I can't take in that much knowledge and wisdom quickly. I found myself reading 8 or 10 pages and simply unable to take in anymore without processing what I had read. Yet it is imminently readable with real humor in spots. If you read one religious book this year, let it be this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating subject well presented 19 May 2011
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Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination

I must admit that I have not finished this book yet. It is the sort of book that needs to be read slowly and taken in. It can be a bit repetitive in places, perhaps labouring some points more than is necessary, but then that can be useful as a means to absorb what is being said. Not a book to read for amusement. I suspect that you would need a real interest in the subject first! but it fits the bill for me as it follows on from lectures I have heard, other books I have read and is a subject that I find very interesting and worthwhile. It makes me realize how distorted and misused our reading and understanding of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus have become. I find myself frequently being able to make sense of things that sometimes made little sense before and there are plenty of 'O, Now I see!' moments. Perhaps the most important lesson to learn from this book is about Christian non-violence as a creative act of resistance against the modern day powers of domination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging in nonviolence 25 Oct. 2010
Engaging the Powers is a most profound book on conflict resolution, patriarchy, spiritual life and how to proactively engage with nonviolent ways. Led from a spiritual and theological background as the book is, be aware that Wink uses biblical and religious language, but in a revolutionary way he puts biblical quotes back into their contexts and explains the meaning of the words as they were used in the time different biblical texts were written (Wink being a professor of theology and bible interpretation).

A revolution of the mind and spirit! The most profound arguments for nonviolence I have come across.
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Engagung the Powers Walter Wink
If you feel we are dominated by the Powerful this is something you must reed in order to understand how we can oppose the powers at source. It demonstrates how we can resist successfully using our hidden resources.
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