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"The first step [calling the fishermen] in dismantling the dominant social order is to overturn the 'world' of the disciple: in the kingdom, the personal and the political are one."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"The great apocalyptic novum, which invades the world at Jesus' baptism and sets salvation history in motion again, does not occur a the center of the social order, but at its peripheries."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"The new creation begins with a renunciation of the old order."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"[Jesus's baptism] is a genuine act of repentance. As such it ends his participation in the structures and values of society. It concludes his involvement in the moral order into which he was born . . . the institutions through which power is ordered . . .the totality of the Jewish-Roman social construction of reality, has been terminated. All debts that have been incurred under the elitist ordering of power and its community life have been cancelled. [The ritual experience of baptism/repentance] has redeemed Jesus from his comprehensive indebtedness and the prescribed ways and means of discharging his obligations. He has become wholly unobliged."    - H. Waetjen ; The Construction of the Way into a Reordering of Power: An Inquiry into the Generic Conception of the Gospel According to Mark


Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

   - The Apostle Paul ; 2 Corinthians 5:19


The problem of suffering has haunted me for a very long time. It was what made me begin to think about religion when I was young, and it was what let me to question my faith when I was older. Ultimately, it was the reason I lost my faith.

   - Bart Ehrman ; God’s Problem


"Needless to say, the political powers have much to gain from the strict sequestering of the gospel to the private sphere; it was promoted by Nazi racism, and still today by military regimes in South Korea, Guatemala, Chile, and elsewhere."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

Because the LORD has anointed me

To bring good news to the afflicted;

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to captives

And freedom to prisoners;

   - Isaiah the seer ; Isaiah 61.1


For he has set a day when he will [put the world to right] with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.    - Paul ; Acts 17.31 (Emphasis added.)


As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence — as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual.    - Leo Tolstoy ; Letter to a Hindu


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