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"But however much the theological right and left might diverge philosophically, their respective political practice shares more similarities than differences in allegiance to empire. From the perspective of radical discipleship, 'biblical authority' is meaningful only insofar as it leads us to repentance and resistance!"    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus

"[Jesus's baptism] is a genuine act of repentance. As such it ends his participation in the structures and values of society. It concludes his involvement in the moral order into which he was born . . . the institutions through which power is ordered . . .the totality of the Jewish-Roman social construction of reality, has been terminated. All debts that have been incurred under the elitist ordering of power and its community life have been cancelled. [The ritual experience of baptism/repentance] has redeemed Jesus from his comprehensive indebtedness and the prescribed ways and means of discharging his obligations. He has become wholly unobliged."    - H. Waetjen ; The Construction of the Way into a Reordering of Power: An Inquiry into the Generic Conception of the Gospel According to Mark

" . . . 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

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