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"The restless Puritan impulse to build paradise and their obsession with their own piety and redemption remain in white supremacist culture in the United States. Preoccupied with its own needs and anxieties, it tends to regard those it oppresses and exploits as important only insofar as they can play a role in a script in which whites are the main characters. Locked within a biblically based master narrative, white society embraces African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Native Americans as instruments of judgment and as agents of absolution. However, those shaped by such a culture tend to be primarily concerned with the state of their own souls—their guilt and their longing to be restored to innocence and their need to believe in their own goodness."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 376


"Theosis was a collective activity of the whole church community—embodied in love, which is always a social reality and never an individual achievement. Like the interactions of teaching and learning, theosis was a group process. Individual commitment and effort were required, but the divinization of humanity was realized in the common good, not in private salvation."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 178


"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


"More embedded in popular Christianity are the hermeneutics of privatism. Fundamentalists and modern existentialists may be philosophically antagonistic, but they share in an essential commitment to approaching the text [Bible] with concerns about the individual's search for, respectively, 'holiness' and 'authentic existence.' Conversion is a fundamentally individual affair. The 'personal Savior' of American evangelicalism is domesticated and no longer Lord of the world, but of our hearts, into which we invite him."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


I want a change,and a radical change. I want a change from an acquisitive society to a functional society, from a society of go-getters to a society of go-givers.    - Peter Maurin ; The Catholic Worker; August 1936


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