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"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love."    - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ; Quoted by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis in Fierce Love, p. 151

"Without a moral or spiritual awakening, we will remain forever trapped in political games fueled by fear, greed and the hunger for power."    - Michelle Alexander ; Something Much Greater At Stake; RADICAL DISCIPLESHIP, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy of justice.”    - James Baldwin, quoted by Eddie S. Glaude in Begin Again ; Begin Again

"Since in the Old Testament [sic] the idea of catching fish with hooks is used metaphorically to represent the divine judgment upon the rich and the powerful, the call to be 'fishers of people' is not a call to save people from their sins but rather an invitation to join Jesus 'in his struggle to overturn the existing order of power and privilege."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus

"Abelard, Heloise, Bernard, and Hildegard were harbingers of change in Western Europe that would long shape the modern world’s understanding of love. Bernard’s Christian faith, loving and yearning, pastoral and kind, had a Janus face of hatred for the “other” that sanctified killing for God as a form of love and exalted self-abasement as true love. Hildegard’s affirmations of incarnation, the greening of the soul, could be glimpsed in cloistered life, but it could not overcome the horrors of the age. She held the beauty of Christ suspended beyond Bernard’s world of Eros and Mars, until it could be fulfilled in the future. Abelard’s scholasticism and use of logic were the first glimpse of education independent of the church; at the same time, his ideal of self-sacrificing love as the highest Christian moral achievement encouraged victims to acquiesce to violence in passive, forgiving love. Heloise stood in a long line of Christian dissenters who rejected the worship of violence, the demonizing of sexuality, and the valorization of suffering. She offered a love grounded in honesty, mutual care, obligation, and responsible uses of power."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 305

"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

"An apt paraphrase of Jesus’ invitation is: 'Follow me and I will show you how to catch the Big Fish!' (1:17). In the Hebrew Bible, the metaphor of 'people like fish' appears in prophetic censures of apostate Israel and of the rich and powerful . . . Jesus is, in other words, summoning working folk to join him in overturning the structures of power and privilege in the world!"    - Ched Myers ; Say to This Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship, p. 10

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