[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