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   Until his death in 2012, Walter Wink was one of the most influential Christian intellectuals of our time. He was a pastor and theologian, a political activist and a writer. He first becme a practitioner of active nonviolence during the Civil Rights Movement in Selma Alabama, and continued to seek social justice for all under dictatorships in Chile and the apartheid in South Africa. Always through the lens of Jesus, Wink's life and work demonstrate just how important the need to understand "the Son of the Man" is in today's modern world.

   Wink shows us that inspiration and insight can come from any source: a Pentecostal Church in Oklahoma, dreams, Buddhist meditation centers, childhood traumas, an empty forest, illness, and the Gospels. Wink's work in social justice and his life as a theologian are inextricably entwined, finding evidence for nonviolent resistance in the Bible and seeing the need for Jesus in daily struggles.

   "An autobiography of my interest in Jesus, perhaps that is too ambitious," writes Wink. "What I have done here is far less grand. I have simply written down vignettes, or excerpts of my life's story that I find interesting. These autobiographical reflections are in no way exceptional. Everyone has a life story. My story may, at the very least, show why I theologically think the way that I do."

   Just Jesus is the jubilant autobiography of the man who sought justice in all walks of life, including his own.

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"Theologian, scholar, and peace activist Wink (Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way), who died in 2012, chronicles his lifetime faith journey in his last book. The reader accompanies him as he expounds his personal faith perspective in a series of short essays, and excerpts from previous works. Jesus, he believes, need no longer be worshipped, but should be emulated. It is Jesus's mission to confront the dominant powers and to liberate people to become fully human. Beginning with a loveless childhood, Wink has a conversion experience as a young adult, then goes to Selma where he is trained in the practice of nonviolent resistance to social and political injustice. With his wife, June, he goes on to teach and to protest worldwide. Although at times a bit disjointed, this offers insight into the trajectory of the author's life as he tries to follow the path of the human Jesus by hearing the oppressed into healing and unmasking the dominant powers. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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DR. WALTER WINK (1935-2012) was an influential American biblical scholar, theologian, and activist, and was an important figure in progressive Christianity. He was well known for his advocacy of, and work related to, nonviolent resistance. Wink earned his Ph.D. at The Union Theological Seminary where he taught for nine years, and in 2010 was honored with the Unitas Distinguished Alumni Award. He went on to spend much of his career teaching at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. Wink wrote more than sixteen books as well as hundreds of scholarly articles, and is recognized for coining the phrase “the myth of redemptive violence.” With his wife, June Keener Wink, he held workshops around the world that combined religious-themed pottery, dancing, and Biblical interpretation. Wink died in 2012 from complications of dementia.

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deanolson44, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by deanolson44)
Walter Wink has been a powerful New Testament exegete who not only has done scholarly books on the powers and principalities, he also has spent years going out into areas of the country, even the world, to lead bible studies using a unique method where not only the biblical material is honored, but also the individual seeking to be encountered by the power inherent in the text. That as the text comes alive in a new way, the individual so too encounters that which seeks to see the light of day in their own life. His scholarly work on the son of man (literally the son of the man), which is the only reference Jesus uses himself and which the church has never known what to do with it, pointed out that the power of Jesus message was not that we are human, but that we are not human enough. That we as humans need to become more humane. And in his biblical work of the synoptic gospels, he helped bring out what the church has done with Jesus. They have focused on his death and resurrection and the after life. Where the Jesus of the gospels focuses on his life and teachings. The church has made the messenger the message.

Walter Wink, for many of us, has awakened scripture and brought many of us back to this spring. His whole life was focused on the meaning and the message of the gospels and the Spirit that evoked them now evoking us deep within our very being. To feel that stirring is to know our soul has been touched. And to experience this is to know something within us seeks to be realized, to come into the light of day. And that the life and teachings of Jesus was the harbinger of this.

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ISBN:
9780307955814
Author:
Wink, Walter
Publisher:
Image
Author:
Berry, Steven
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.47 in 0.34 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Theologian, scholar, and peace activist Wink (Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way), who died in 2012, chronicles his lifetime faith journey in his last book. The reader accompanies him as he expounds his personal faith perspective in a series of short essays, and excerpts from previous works. Jesus, he believes, need no longer be worshipped, but should be emulated. It is Jesus's mission to confront the dominant powers and to liberate people to become fully human. Beginning with a loveless childhood, Wink has a conversion experience as a young adult, then goes to Selma where he is trained in the practice of nonviolent resistance to social and political injustice. With his wife, June, he goes on to teach and to protest worldwide. Although at times a bit disjointed, this offers insight into the trajectory of the author's life as he tries to follow the path of the human Jesus by hearing the oppressed into healing and unmasking the dominant powers. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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