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Centering-the-Vulnerable

"White North American Christians, especially those of us from the privileged strata of society, must come to terms with the fact that our reading site for the Gospel of Mark is empire, locus imperium . . .  The 'irreducible meaning' of empire is the geopolitical control of the peripheries by the center . . . the fact remains that those on the peripheries will have 'eyes to see' many things that those of us at the center do not."    - Marty Coleman ; Introduction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"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


"There remains an experience of incomparable value . . . to see the great events of world history from below; from the perspective of the outcast, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled — in short, from the perspective of those who suffer."
   - Dietrich Bonhoeffer ; Letters and Papers from Prison


"If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!"    - Jesus ; Matthew 18.6-7


"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."    - Jesus ; Matthew 18.3-5


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