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"Pilate’s procession displayed not only imperial power, but also Roman imperial theology. According to this theology, the emperor was not simply the ruler of Rome, but the Son of God."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


"As the early Christians knew, the rejection of war is not an optional ethical issue. Rather, it is the clearest indication of the church’s calling to be a community free from nationalist and other forms of domination."    - Richard Deats ; Active Nonviolence: A Way of Life, A Strategy for Change


"A community cannot be resisting the powers' exercise of domination while reproducing their patterns in its own midst."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Meeting Ched and reading Binding the Strong Man opened my eyes to the way in which the Gospels have been so completely domesticated for almost 2000 years by the culture of domination. Rather, they embody the radical word of God's liberation that comforts the poor, emboldens the prophets and causes 'the tyrants to tremble sick with fear.'"    - Jeff Dietrich ; Introuction to Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus by Ched Myers


"Thus we have the twofold theme that leads to Palm Sunday. Genuine discipleship, following Jesus, means following him to Jerusalem, the place of (1) confrontation with the domination system and (2) death and resurrection. These are the two themes of the week that follows, Holy Week."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


"The domination system— here described as being of 'the Gentiles,' in which 'rulers lord it over them and their great ones are tyrants over them'— shall not be so among those who follow Jesus."    - Borg, Marcus J.; Crossan, John Dominic ; The Last Week


"On the opposite side of the city, from the west, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Idumea, Judea, and Samaria, entered Jerusalem at the head of a column of imperial cavalry and soldiers. Jesus’s procession proclaimed the kingdom of God; Pilate’s proclaimed the power of empire. The two processions embody the central conflict of the week that led to Jesus’s crucifixion."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


"The issue is not [the Temple state elites member's] individual virtue or wickedness, but the role they played in the domination system. They shaped it, enforced it, and benefited from it."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The Last Week


"No problem can be solved with the same level of conciousness that created it."    - Albert Einstein ; The World As I See It


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