When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations

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When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations [Reading] ➼ When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations Author Walter Wink – Polishdarling.co.uk Repressive authoritarian regimes are falling and fragile new democracies emerging around the globe How are longstanding conflicts and deep divisions to be healed and enemies reconciled without breedin Repressive authoritarian Powers Fall: PDF É regimes are falling and fragile new democracies emerging around the globe How are longstanding conflicts and deep divisions to be healed and enemies reconciled without breeding further injustices To answer this question, Walter Wink here applies his compelling analysis of the Powers, as they appear in the New Testament, to the global scene Surveying the wrenching religious and ethical dilemmas involved in transitions from despotism to democracy, Wink neatly summarizes key concepts from his When the PDF/EPUB or Fortress Press trilogy on the Powers, including sections on Jesus against Domination and Nonviolence He then shows how central concepts in the teaching of Jesus can clarify true and false ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation and apology without sacrificing justice The personal, political, and geopolitical pertinence of Wink s ideas shines in his discussion of specific situations in Africa and Latin America.

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  • Paperback
  • 88 pages
  • When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations
  • Walter Wink
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 9780800631277

About the Author: Walter Wink

Dr Walter Powers Fall: PDF É Wink was Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation 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 he was a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace His newer works include The Human Being Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man Fortress Press, P.



10 thoughts on “When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations

  1. Anne Hamilton Anne Hamilton says:

    The Powers of the title refer to political structures, governments, corporations, church authorities They do not refer to any aspect of the spiritual hierarchy that Paul mentions in Ephesians For that, Clinton Arnold s books including Power and Magic The Concept of Power in Ephesians and 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare are, to my mind, some of the very best.In this book, Wink tackles the complex questions of forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of the fall of political regimes which held on to power through use of unbridled murder, torture, rape and disappearances There is not always an easy answer when justice and truth are compromised On the personal level, Wink relates a number of anecdotes and stories to illustrate his points He makes some interesting, thought provoking points Jesus, he claims, was totally against the system of Domination prevalent in His era but He did not advocate passive acquiescence in violence Turning the other cheek to a superior who has backhanded an inferior is an act of defiance, not submission stripping naked when one demands one s outer garment brings down shame on the head of the creditor for causing the poor debtor s nakedness carrying a soldier s pack a second mile would be in violation of military law Matt 5 39 41 These acts do not at all mean passively acquiescing in evil, but are a studied and deliberate way of seizing the initiative and overthrowing evil by the force of its own momentum The last supper and the crucifixion display Jesus non violent breaking of the spiral of violence by absorbing its momentum with his own body This is an intriguing interpretation of Jesus command to do good Wink also says Reconciliation is than forgiveness Forgiveness can be unilateral, reconciliation is always mutual Couldn t agree with that Wink points out that, in country after country dominated by military powers, when those powers fall to democracy, the military has always opposed the process of reconciliation He cites example after example and suggests a rule of thumb to aid in the healing catharsis of any nation get all the truth and justice you can as soon as you can, because the longer it takes the less likely it is to occur Wink quotes South African theologian, Klaus N rnberger, who says we are called not to be bridge builders for reconciliation but bridge crosses Jesus has already built the bridge, we need to cross it.He tackles thorny questions of true and false forgiveness, true and false reconciliation And perhaps his most incisive comment to modern western Christianity is this almost throwaway line, which wouldn t have been nearly as pertinent when he wrote the book as it is now To the religionist s dream of being able to be spiritual and still amass wealth within an unjust system, Jesus pronounces an unconditional no You cannot serve God and wealth Matt 6 24 Luke 16 13 This is so relevant to so many twenty first century Christians To the idea that this doesn t apply because our societies are not unjust, Wink simply points to the overwhelming mass of evidence to the contrary.

  2. Scott Scott says:

    If you like the Politics of Jesus by Shane Claiborne, then you will enjoy Wink s When the Powers Fall It applies the Gospel message of reconciliation and forgiveness to emerging nations and talks about the churches responsibility.

  3. Ethan Ethan says:

    A shorter work by the author somewhat updating the trends noted in the final part of his trilogy on the Powers Engaging the Powers.The author recapitulates the premises of the trilogy, the existence of powers and principalities as the spiritual interiority of groups and nations, the existence of the Domination System, and the roles of the powers and principalities in perpetuating it Most of the book features discussions of how the Domination System might be overcome in individual national circumstances through nonviolence and how reconciliation could possibly take place through truth telling, forgiveness, and repentance Many examples from Eastern Europe and Africa are provided.This work is very light on Biblical theology and very heavy on progressivist assumptions about the benefits of democracy and perhaps even a bit of triumphalism It would be interesting to see how the author would consider the changes that have taken place ever since, both globally and in regards to the specific countries of which he spoke Without a doubt the ways of nonviolence should mark the followers of Jesus There is a desperate need to rehabilitate this view There is a desperate need to confess the existence of the Powers and repent of our participation in their schemes But considering the success of the Powers in human history, the author s confidence that powers are falling because of nonviolence and reconciliation is overly idealistic.

  4. James James says:

    This is a brief treatment on what happens when the powers fall For Wink the powers are completely demythologized and simply stand for social structures and political entities In this book, Wink means oppressive regimes Wink s purpose is articulate the appropriate response in the wake of the fall of oppressive regimes Wink argues that the kingdom of God reign of God articulates a whole new way of being in the world characterized by non domination, forgiveness and reconciliation He spends sometimes painting a picture of what that means by recounting stories of reconciliation and examples of international situations where reconciliation is needed mid 1990 s was publication date, but these could be easily updated Wink closes the book with a passionate plea for democracy as the ultimate expression of non domination.I think this book has some interesting insights, and certainly believe the vision of Jesus and the Kingdom of God should have an effect on our politics Yet, Wink s analysis is rather shallow in this treatment suggestive than substantive His conjecture that democracy is the form of government which most fully embodies the values of the kingdom of God, is suspect It may be true that non domination is characteristic of the reign of God but democracies are not always hospitable to voices on the margins Totalitarianism is wrong, but so is mob rule Certainly Wink would allow as much, but I wonder if he puts too much hope in democracy Democracy is not the hope for the world Jesus is Democracy is a better alternative than dictatorship, but not the ultimate expression of all that the reign of God means.

  5. Melody Melody says:

    This book really got me thinking about reconciliation and what it really means It got me thinking about how it is a two way street, and both people have to be willing to walk it or it doesn t work It got me thinking about how we can be part of the bigger picture of God s healing for the world, and invite his heaven here on earth.

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10 thoughts on “When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations

  1. Anne Hamilton Anne Hamilton says:

    The Powers of the title refer to political structures, governments, corporations, church authorities They do not refer to any aspect of the spiritual hierarchy that Paul mentions in Ephesians For that, Clinton Arnold s books including Power and Magic The Concept of Power in Ephesians and 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare are, to my mind, some of the very best.In this book, Wink tackles the complex questions of forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of the fall of political regimes which held on to power through use of unbridled murder, torture, rape and disappearances There is not always an easy answer when justice and truth are compromised On the personal level, Wink relates a number of anecdotes and stories to illustrate his points He makes some interesting, thought provoking points Jesus, he claims, was totally against the system of Domination prevalent in His era but He did not advocate passive acquiescence in violence Turning the other cheek to a superior who has backhanded an inferior is an act of defiance, not submission stripping naked when one demands one s outer garment brings down shame on the head of the creditor for causing the poor debtor s nakedness carrying a soldier s pack a second mile would be in violation of military law Matt 5 39 41 These acts do not at all mean passively acquiescing in evil, but are a studied and deliberate way of seizing the initiative and overthrowing evil by the force of its own momentum The last supper and the crucifixion display Jesus non violent breaking of the spiral of violence by absorbing its momentum with his own body This is an intriguing interpretation of Jesus command to do good Wink also says Reconciliation is than forgiveness Forgiveness can be unilateral, reconciliation is always mutual Couldn t agree with that Wink points out that, in country after country dominated by military powers, when those powers fall to democracy, the military has always opposed the process of reconciliation He cites example after example and suggests a rule of thumb to aid in the healing catharsis of any nation get all the truth and justice you can as soon as you can, because the longer it takes the less likely it is to occur Wink quotes South African theologian, Klaus N rnberger, who says we are called not to be bridge builders for reconciliation but bridge crosses Jesus has already built the bridge, we need to cross it.He tackles thorny questions of true and false forgiveness, true and false reconciliation And perhaps his most incisive comment to modern western Christianity is this almost throwaway line, which wouldn t have been nearly as pertinent when he wrote the book as it is now To the religionist s dream of being able to be spiritual and still amass wealth within an unjust system, Jesus pronounces an unconditional no You cannot serve God and wealth Matt 6 24 Luke 16 13 This is so relevant to so many twenty first century Christians To the idea that this doesn t apply because our societies are not unjust, Wink simply points to the overwhelming mass of evidence to the contrary.


  2. Scott Scott says:

    If you like the Politics of Jesus by Shane Claiborne, then you will enjoy Wink s When the Powers Fall It applies the Gospel message of reconciliation and forgiveness to emerging nations and talks about the churches responsibility.


  3. Ethan Ethan says:

    A shorter work by the author somewhat updating the trends noted in the final part of his trilogy on the Powers Engaging the Powers.The author recapitulates the premises of the trilogy, the existence of powers and principalities as the spiritual interiority of groups and nations, the existence of the Domination System, and the roles of the powers and principalities in perpetuating it Most of the book features discussions of how the Domination System might be overcome in individual national circumstances through nonviolence and how reconciliation could possibly take place through truth telling, forgiveness, and repentance Many examples from Eastern Europe and Africa are provided.This work is very light on Biblical theology and very heavy on progressivist assumptions about the benefits of democracy and perhaps even a bit of triumphalism It would be interesting to see how the author would consider the changes that have taken place ever since, both globally and in regards to the specific countries of which he spoke Without a doubt the ways of nonviolence should mark the followers of Jesus There is a desperate need to rehabilitate this view There is a desperate need to confess the existence of the Powers and repent of our participation in their schemes But considering the success of the Powers in human history, the author s confidence that powers are falling because of nonviolence and reconciliation is overly idealistic.


  4. James James says:

    This is a brief treatment on what happens when the powers fall For Wink the powers are completely demythologized and simply stand for social structures and political entities In this book, Wink means oppressive regimes Wink s purpose is articulate the appropriate response in the wake of the fall of oppressive regimes Wink argues that the kingdom of God reign of God articulates a whole new way of being in the world characterized by non domination, forgiveness and reconciliation He spends sometimes painting a picture of what that means by recounting stories of reconciliation and examples of international situations where reconciliation is needed mid 1990 s was publication date, but these could be easily updated Wink closes the book with a passionate plea for democracy as the ultimate expression of non domination.I think this book has some interesting insights, and certainly believe the vision of Jesus and the Kingdom of God should have an effect on our politics Yet, Wink s analysis is rather shallow in this treatment suggestive than substantive His conjecture that democracy is the form of government which most fully embodies the values of the kingdom of God, is suspect It may be true that non domination is characteristic of the reign of God but democracies are not always hospitable to voices on the margins Totalitarianism is wrong, but so is mob rule Certainly Wink would allow as much, but I wonder if he puts too much hope in democracy Democracy is not the hope for the world Jesus is Democracy is a better alternative than dictatorship, but not the ultimate expression of all that the reign of God means.


  5. Melody Melody says:

    This book really got me thinking about reconciliation and what it really means It got me thinking about how it is a two way street, and both people have to be willing to walk it or it doesn t work It got me thinking about how we can be part of the bigger picture of God s healing for the world, and invite his heaven here on earth.


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