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An Overview of Walter Wink's Domination Systems

These are two presentations made about Walter Wink's Domination System and the Myth of Redemptive Violence. Presentation two starts at Slide #19

David Lowry

on 27 October 2015

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Transcript of An Overview of Walter Wink's Domination Systems

Walter Wink

How Do Systems Like this Happen?
The Fall
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1-2)
Step 1:Creation
Most Importantly:
A system of retribution and punishment to any who oppose or speak out against the system.
The Myth of Redemptive Violence
What is Redemptive Violence?

The belief that violence ”saves...”

The belief that violence is a necessary and appropriate response and even healing for the victim especially when administered by the state on a victim’s behalf.
Disciples of Jesus are meant to live as ambassadors and signs of God’s peace. Peace-making is not for the faint of heart and it is the prophetic call of the believer.
Things You Might Do
Pursue the third way – not passive and yet not violent,
Write, call or email your government to make sure your voice is heard.
Give money NGOs and ministries working to relieve suffering, particularly for refugees, and to end conflict within Syria.
Speak up in your community and take the side of peace making.
Sign petitions or participate in peaceful protest.
Educate yourself about domination systems,
Pray – with your voices, your spirits, your bodies – for peace.
If a god is what you turn to
when all else fails, violence certainly functions as a god...

What people overlook, then, is the religious character of violence. It demands from its devotees an absolute obedience- unto-death.

This Myth of Redemptive Violence is the real myth of the modern world. It, and not
Judaism or Christianity or Islam, is the dominant religion in our society today
It's almost like we have two views of Jesus
Step 2: The Fall
Power over others
Jesus offers a 3rd way
for the redemption of
People and Systems
The Doormat Jesus?
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