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In the essay that follows, David Weaver-Zercher applies a nonviolent "reading" of American history to debunk the myth of redemptive violence, and so offers his own Anabaptist version of the integration model.
Mind you, Wink is no fan of violence either, and he devotes a lot of ink to attacking what he calls the Myth of Redemptive Violence, which he sees as a meme by which domination systems are perpetuated.
This deconstruction of the "myth of redemptive violence" (Walter Wink), and the reconstruction of a new political vision--a vision articulated by the testimony of Jesus--was what made the Anabaptists such a threat.
And so the myth of redemptive violence gets played out one more time.
Yet the message of the book is timely given that many Christians continue to be deceived by the myth of redemptive violence, that abuse and domestic violence remain serious issues, that veterans are returning from battlefields and that refugees who have fled violence have moved to our communities.
There, he describes one of America's original sins--the myth of redemptive violence. This myth "enshrines the belief that violence saves, that war brings peace, that might makes right." As evidenced in his "Take no prisoners!
Walter Wink, a biblical scholar at Auburn Theological Seminary, offers a crucial critique of how--in the war against terrorism--the "myth of redemptive violence" is again being used to try to prove to us how violence can save us.