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on 9 February 2004
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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on 31 August 2010
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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on 7 October 2016
Walter Wink, in the space of only one hundred pages, does a great job of explaining the power of non-violence protest, and why it shouldn't be confused with being passive.

The way of nonviolence is not about turning a blind eye to injustice, nor avoiding conflict. It's about creatively engaging with Powers and oppressive regimes in a way that doesn't just perpetuate the problems and the means of the things we are against.

As Wink himself states;

"Violence simply is not radical enough, since it generally changes only the rulers but not the rules. What use is a revolution that fails to address the fundamental problem: the existence of domination in all it's forms, and the myth of redemptive violence that perpetuates it?...Violent revolutionaries are involved in a contradiction that jeopardizes the very order they wish to establish. They plan to gain power by the very means that they will declare illegal when they gain power. But they will have established a precedent that legitimates the use of violence by those who disagree with them and wish to replace them" (p.72-73)...."It was not because he was a failed insurrectionist that Jesus died as he did, but because he preferred to suffer injustice and violence rather than be their cause (p.87)."

"Jesus abhors both passivity and violence as responses to evil. His is a third alternative (p.13)...

If you're wondering what how that third way looks, then grab a copy of the book.

--Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*
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on 3 November 2009
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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on 11 March 2014
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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on 9 June 2015
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