Empire vs. the Neighborhood (Walter Brueggemann)

Empire vs. the Neighborhood (Walter Brueggemann) March 29, 2012

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Walter Brueggemann on on empire and the liberation of the neighborhood.



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  • Their stuff with Brueggemann and Hauerwas is great! 

  • Man, he’s insightful.

    My mind kept appending, “… Strikes Back”.

  • Revolution!

  • Megan

    Wonderful man.

  • I really like Brueggemann, and I love his work on empire. It has been invaluable to my own work, and I think he is a profound scholar. I do tend to wince, though, when he seems to reduce cosmic, theopolitical, divine action to sociological movements (like the “Jesus movement” being primarily about finding social identity under the Romans). I think there’s a way for us to take his great wisdom and insight and connect it with deeply theological faith and practice. Of course, he’s deeply theological, but sometimes his statements suggest he goes other directions.

  • Jon S.

    I’ve also found value in Brueggemann’s work. He’s engaging, inspiring, and he makes the text come alive in profound ways… All that said, I was hoping he would actually answer the question that was posed to him about the church… his answer seemed to skip right past ecclesiology and right into the machinations of the politics of the empire. I’m failing to see how the fact that our policies need to change (and they surely do) is connected to the church, at least in the way that he answered it in this clip. 

  • Josh

    This is complete tripe.

    Anabaptists and anabaptist sympathizers should be throwing up at this video.  It clearly invokes the very political structures of coercion that Jesus rejects.  It doesn’t matter how much one might agree with the redistribution of wealth: if we really are rejecting the power structures of the world we cannot listen to someone who wants to “claim some of the wealth” at the top through coercive force rather than through the gospel and the Church.