Playing God Book Excerpt: Making Something in the World

This is not the way it was supposed to be. To be sure, not all powerlessness is bad. Some of our limits are themselves a gift. The things our human bodies cannot do far outnumber the things we can do; our ability to make sense of the world runs up against the world's many unfathomable mysteries. These limits often serve us well. But when powerlessness results from the exercise of power—when one person or group of people acts to deprive another of power, and especially when that pattern of exclusion persists from generation to generation—then something has gone fiercely wrong, and not just for the ones who directly suffer their disempowerment. Because the ability to make something of the world is in a real sense the source of human well-being, because true power multiplies capacity and wealth, when any human beings live in entrenched powerlessness, all of us are impoverished.

Taken from Playing God by Andy Crouch. Copyright (c) 2013 by Andy Crouch. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

10/16/2013 4:00:00 AM
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