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Theologian Walter Brueggemann on how to speak truth to power
Jonathan Merritt | Jun 26, 2014 |
Walter Brueggemann is one of the most prolific and influential Bible scholars of the modern era. He has earned two doctorates, has been awarded half a dozen more honorary ones, and is the author of many commentaries and books including, Journey to the Common Good, Sabbath as Resistance, and The Prophetic Imagination, a modern Christian classic. Today, Brueggemann is retired from teaching and rarely accepts interviews, but I’m grateful he made an exception to share wisdom with RNS’ readers.
Here, we discusses his book Truth Speaks to Power and how Christians can live these concepts today.
RNS: You believe the Bible has a message for us about the nature of power and how we should relate to it. Summarize that message.
WB: Legitimate power always includes attentiveness to justice, When power is not attentive to justice it cannot endure. This is a summons to us to keep the agenda of justice for the vulnerable alive and front and center to maintain a kind of subversive stance toward power.