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Religious-Legitimization

"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


"The proliferation of discourse and knowledge to sustain unjust systems of power provides another dimension of meaning to discursive power. For discourse seems to have its own generative potential."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (pp. 73-74)


"It is worth reiterating that religious discourse is an essential component of discursive power. It can provide, and has in fact provided, sacred legitimation for inequitable social relationships."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 73)


"Foucault argues that unjust social relationality is not effectively sustained solely, if at all, through the use of brutal force. He stresses that power, particularly inequitable power, is not coercive or even repressive. Rather, it is productive. Power's productive character begins with a 'will to knowledge.' That is, power itself generates the kind of knowledge it needs to be sustained. It enlists various communities of authority, such as the scientific and religious communities, to provide the knowledge base to legitimize the social, political, and institutional constructs of power itself."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (pp. 72-73)


“To be sure, the church has greatly assisted the colonialist; backing his ventures, helping his conscience, contributing to the acceptance of colonization even by the colonized.”    - Albert Memmi ; The Colonizer and the Colonized


"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


Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.    - Jesus ; Matthew 7.6


"It is not difficult, then, to understand Jesus' anger at the way religious people manipulate his God. (And maybe here is the place to think about the manipulation of theology, its ideologizing role, in tolerating—not to say encouraging—oppression of others in the name of God."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"The name of God is used as religious justification for oppressing others, and this is what must be unmasked."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"When piety is used to go against creatureliness, religion becomes an oppressive mechanism. 'The creator who comes in to conflict with the creatures is a false God and false gods make even the pious inhuman.'"    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


“The denunciation of injustice implies the rejection of the use of Christianity to legitimize the established order.”     - Gustavo Gutiérrez ; A Theology of Liberation: 15th Anniversary Edition


"I refer the reader again to W. Wink's brilliant tract on biblical interpretation for a systematic critique of the academic ideology of objectivism. To make matters worse, professional exegetes have rarely been able or willing to address the text to their own historical situation. Because of this, the academic theological establishment has become deeply complicity, however unwittingly, in the ideological maintenance of the locus imperium.  The truth is, the 'battle for the Bible' today has increasingly less to do with theological divisions and allegiances and more to do with political and economic allegiances."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Most people do not go to church to be confronted with the gap between what they believe and practice and what their faith teaches and requires. One of the reasons that religious people are often cultural conservatives, and that cultural conservatives take comfort in religion, is that religion is seen to confirm the status quo."      - Peter J. Gomes ; The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus


"The church, then, is made an agency of continuity rather than of change, conformity rather than transformation becomes the reigning ideology of the day, and the church that is comfortable with the powers-that-be is no threat to them."    - Peter J. Gomes ; The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus


"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


"You are not following God when you allow your profit motive to silence your prophet motive."    - The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock ; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA


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