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The Basic Paradigm

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.003.0002
 The Basic Paradigm

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In human exposure to power, the paradigm experience has been force and its ability to control human attitudes, decisions, and actions. One of the principal instances of force has been military action that in many ways is the most prominent use of violence to dominate. Control and domination through use of force has been a continuing characteristic of patriarchy throughout history and a central feature of human history.

Legitimating the use of violence to control has been an ideology that proposed force as a means of bettering human life. At times, even divine providence has been described in terms of force. However, in the tradition identified with Jesus of Nazareth, non‐violence has been seen as ultimate power and divine action viewed as non‐violent.

Keywords: control; ideology; Jesus of Nazareth; force; military; non‐violence; violence

Chapter.  6734 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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