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"What is at stake in Daniel is this: the first four empires are inhuman beasts; only the fifth and final empire is truly human."    - Borg, Marcus J.; Crossan, John Dominic ; The First Christmas

"Gospel was a term associated with Roman propaganda. News of a military victory on the far-flung frontiers of the Pax Romana, or of the accession to power of a new emperor, was trumpeted as 'glad tidings' throughout the empire. Caesar was eulogized as a 'divine man' on coins and in emperor-cults. In contrast, Mark offers decidedly non-imperial 'good news' about Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish 'Christ.' By using such rhetoric, Mark was engaging the struggle for hearts and minds through the popular media of the Mediterranean world."    - Ched Myers ; Say to This Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship, pp. 5-6

"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

"We in the West must bear in mind that the poor countries are poor primarily because we have exploited them through political or economic colonialism. Americans in particular must help their nation repent of her modern economic imperialism. But movements in our countries alone will not be enough. In Latin America, for example, national reform movements have almost despaired of nonviolent methods; many young men, even many priests, have joined guerrilla movements in the hills. So many of Latin America’s problems have roots in the United States of America that we need to form a solid, united movement, nonviolently conceived and carried through, so that pressure can be brought to bear on the capital and government power structures concerned, from both sides of the problem at once. I think that may be the only hope for a nonviolent solution in Latin America today; and one of the most powerful expressions of nonviolence may come out of that international coalition of socially aware forces, operating outside government frameworks."
   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; The Trumpet of Conscience

"The willingness of so many of our fellows to toss aside any semblance of commitment to democracy—to embrace cruel and hateful policies—exposes the idea of America as an outright lie."    - Eddie S. Glaude Jr. ; Begin Again

"We think hearing their ancient and contemporary meanings matters particularly for American Christians today. To say the obvious, America is in the powerful and perilous position of being the empire of our day. As we will see, the stories of the first Christmas are pervasively anti-imperial. In our setting, what does it mean to affirm with the Christmas stories that Jesus is the Son of God (and the emperor is not), that Jesus is the savior of the world (and the emperor is not), that Jesus is Lord (and the emperor is not), that Jesus is the way to peace on earth (and the emperor is not)."    - Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ; The First Christmas

"Gospel is not an inappropriate title for this story, for Mark will indeed narrate a battle. But the 'good news' of Mark does not herald yet another victory of Rome's armies; it is a declaration of war upon the political culture of empire."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus

"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

"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

"Because we understand the present crisis of empire to have everything to do with the ordering of power, the distribution of wealth, and the global plague of militarism, radical discipleship necessarily approaches the Bible with social, political and economic questions in mind."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus

"Helchitsky's fundamental idea is that Christianity, by allying itself with temporal power in the days of Constantine, and by continuing to develop in such conditions, has become completely distorted, and has ceased to be Christian altogether."    - Leo Tolstoy ; The Kingdom of God Is Within You

"Eschatology is not, of course, about the destruction of the earth, but about its transfiguration, not about the end of the world, but about the end of evil, injustice, violence— and imperialism. Think of the eschaton as the Great Divine Cleanup of the World."    - Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan ; The First Christmas

"The titles of the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus were: Divine, Son of God, God, God from God, Lord, Redeemer, Liberator, and Savior of the World. To use any of them of the newborn Jesus would be either low lampoon or high treason. And, since empires always know their opponents, Rome was not laughing. But for now, what did those titles mean as applied to Caesar Augustus? Without knowing that we will never understand what they meant when transferred by some Jews to Jesus."
   - Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan ; The First Christmas

"We must recognize the intersecting realities of all of these, that [misogyny, heterosexism, and homophobia] are all a part of a social political narrative of power. That is they are all a part of the white, patriarchal, imperialistic, capitalistic power. Misogyny, heterosexism, and homophobia are secreted by that narrative, and they feed the agenda of white, male hegemony.  In as much as non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual persons can be effectively marginalized, can be set against one another, and in as much as marginalized communities marginalize and oppress one another, well then. The white, male agenda of oppressive power has been served."    - Rev Dr. Kelly Brown Douglass ; Eradicating the Misogyny, Heterosexism, and Homophobia in Black Communities

" . . . two key themes that I believe should characterize our theological reflection and guide our practice . . . The first is repentance, which for us implies no only a conversion of the heart, but a concrete process of turning away from empire, its distractions and seductions, it hubris and iniquity. The second is resistance, which involves shaking off the powerful sedation of a society that rewards ignorance and trivializes everything political, in order to discern and take concrete stands in our historical moment, and to find meaningful ways to 'impede imperial progress.'"    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus

"The United States was a settler-colonial society, the most brutal form of imperialism."    - Noam Chomsky ; Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

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