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Walter Wink
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1 April 2003 Facets
More than ever, Walter Wink believes, the Christian tradition of nonviolence is needed as an alternative to the dominant and death-dealing "powers" of our consumerist culture and fractured world. In this small book Wink offers a precis of his whole thinking about this issue, including the relation of Jesus and his message to politics and nonviolence, the history of nonviolent efforts, and how nonviolence can win the day when others don't hesitate to resort to violence or terror to achieve their aims.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: FORTRESS PRESS (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800636090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800636098
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A radical Jesus 9 Feb 2004
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We have all been fooled! That was the feeling I had when I put down Jesus and Nonviolence. Jesus is not the weak, nonpolitical, do not rock the boat-kind of guy that they talk about in church. The Bible researcher Walter Wink shows with clarity how Jesus both gave examples and himself acted very politically to change the society he was living in. He challenged the rules and the laws of his day's powers. He acted powerfully against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders and he questioned the unlawful occupation of his land. There were others that did this before him. The difference was that they used violence to protest against the occupation. Jesus acted with loving nonviolence. He challenged the injustices but always with respect for the other. Wink goes on to show us that the ideas and methods of nonviolence are very alive also today, actually more than any time before. Only in 1989-90 there were fourteen nations that underwent nonviolent revolutions, all of them successful except China. In this thin book Wink has given me a whole new view of Christianity, has strengthened my belief in nonviolence and has given me hope for a nonviolent future. Quite an accomplishment for a 117-pages book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too brief 3 Nov 2009
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Walter Wink is a name unknown to me until recently and this little book is my first introduction to his work. It is a good insight into the idea that Jesus taught non-violence. I found that some of what I read has been used by other writers, sometimes without clear credit being given. It is easy to read and will challenge to further research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I only had one book on Jesus...... 31 Aug 2010
By Edge
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If I only had one book on Jesus this would be it. The book looks at the life of Jesus and his message of active nonviolence and how we can make social change happen. All Christians should read and we should all try and implement, if only a little, what Jesus taught.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging Read 11 Mar 2014
By Caz
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A quick and easy to read, with a very challenging interpretation on some rather puzzling passages. People may want to take it deeper but I have not found anyone to disagree with this theology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A radical Jesus 9 Feb 2004
By Martin Smedjeback - Published on Amazon.com
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We have all been fooled! That was the feeling I had when I put down Jesus and Nonviolence. Jesus is not the weak, nonpolitical, do not rock the boat-kind of guy that they talk about in church. The Bible researcher Walter Wink shows with clarity how Jesus both gave examples and himself acted very politically to change the society he was living in. He challenged the rules and the laws of his day's powers. He acted powerfully against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders and he questioned the unlawful occupation of his land. There were others that did this before him. The difference was that they used violence to protest against the occupation. Jesus acted with loving nonviolence. He challenged the injustices but always with respect for the other. Wink goes on to show us that the ideas and methods of nonviolence are very alive also today, actually more than any time before. Only in 1989-90 there were fourteen nations that underwent nonviolent revolutions, all of them successful except China. In this thin book Wink has given me a whole new view of Christianity, has strengthened my belief in nonviolence and has given me hope for a nonviolent future. Quite an accomplishment for a 117-pages book!
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nonviolent action is not passivism! 1 Sep 2004
By C.J.A. - Published on Amazon.com
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I carry a copy of this little book with me wherever I go, and I've reread it many times with great enjoyment. This is an essential introduction to the nonviolent way of Jesus for all Christians, including great commentary on relevant biblical passages and invaluable guidance for respecting the dignity of one's "opponents." It makes a super gift.

The only lasting way to eliminate an enemy is to make him your friend.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wink Does It Again 11 Jun 2003
By Dr. Thomas H. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are considering or committed to the way of nonviolence and searching for firm footing in the actual practice of peace and reconciliation, read this book. As always, Wink is challenging, creative, convincing, and compelling. The many stories he tells to illustrate his points are quite interesting and practical.
This is vintage Wink at his best. I will refer to this little book often. It would be a steal at twice the price.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good interpretation of the Christian basis for nonviolence. 3 Sep 2005
By James G. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Walter Wink here gives a fine overview and simplification of his thinking on the topic of nonviolence as presented in his various scholarly studies of the New Testament topics of the principalities and powers and the Son of Man. It gives new life to turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, and love of enemies. It is especially appropriate for classes and small groups of laypeople who have only an elementary background in biblical studies.

For heartier fare on this issue that is at the heart of Christian faith and life one may turn to Wink's trilogy on The Powers. For comparable or related works I highly recommend John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus and William T. Cavanaugh, Torture and the Eucharist. One lack in this little monograph is that Wink doesn't mention the work of René Girard on desire and violence, although he has taken note of it in The Powers.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new look at Jesus 13 Oct 2005
By Highlanderthal - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a small book that you can carry with you as a reminder in your hectic life.This introduction to a non-violent Jesus will empower you to make changes in your life.It has many biblical passages that teach you to respect the dignity of people who disagree with your beliefs. The only lasting way to eliminate an enemy is to make him your friend.
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