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

Walter Wink on intercession

“History belongs to intercessors who believe the future into being. This is not simply a religious statement. It is also true of Communists or capitalists or anarchists. The future belongs to whoever can envision a new and desirable possibility, which faith then fixes upon as inevitable. This is the politics of hope. Hope envisages its future and then acts as if that future is now irresistible, thus helping to create the reality for which it longs. The future is not closed.”

– Walter Wink, Engaging the Powers