The Myth of Redemptive Violence

[After a long holiday break, our readings continue. In January, the prayer book introduces Walter Wink’s concept of the “myth of redemptive violence.” Here is one excerpt:]

The myth of redemptive violence does not seek God in order to change; it
embraces God in order to prevent change. Its God is not the impartial ruler
of all nations but a tribal god worshiped as an idol. Its metaphor is not the
journey but the fortress. Its symbol is not the cross but the crosshairs of a
gun. Its offer is not forgiveness but victory.

– Walter Wink, The Powers That Be

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