Have had the privilege of hearing Walter speak twice now… Powerful insight into the history of systems built to oppress.
Some of my own notes from his last talk (the audio of which can be found here...)
“Scarcity to abundance…a new pair of glasses.”
Scarcity leads to…
Accumulation leads to…
Monopoly leads to…
Violence leads to…
This is pharaoh’s narrative.
In pharaoh’s world everyone is dispensable and stays busy so they can’t think about alternatives.
The Gospel and poetry and the New Testament Interrupt the narrative.
Know the names of the interrupters. Not of pharaoh.
“The difference between heaven and hell is a new pair of glasses”
In 1999 the renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann published a powerful and challenging essay in the Christian Century in which he characterized the biblical narrative as a story of tension between a mentality of abundance and the myth of scarcity. The entire article is well worth reading and can be viewed at http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=533
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