Title and/or Abstract:
Can Love Save the World?
by Walter Wink
“Pacifism” and “nonresistance” are endlessly confused with “nonviolence.” The latter is what Gandhi, King, and scores of others have practiced in the overthrow of oppressive regimes. Jesus taught nonviolence, but Christians have tended to support “just war” theory—what the great exponent of nonviolence in nineteenth century New Zealand, Te Whiti, called “gunpowder Christianity.” In fact, nonviolence is about the only thing working today. But it is up to us to train nonviolent practitioners who can apply it in a variety of new situations.
E-mail address and/or mailing address:
Auburn Theological Seminary
New York, NY 10027
C.V. or relevant publishing history:
Dr. Walter Wink is Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City.
Previously, he was a parish minister and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 1989-1990 he was a
Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He is author of The Powers That Be (Doubleday, 1998) and of
the newly released The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man (Fortress, 2001).