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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %HISTORY CHRISTIAN CHURCHES DOMINATION SYSTEM POWER+000102 %TRANSCEND SUBVERT CORRUPTED LEADERS INSTITUTIONS+000102 %JESUS NON-VIOLENCE TRANSCENDENCE SUBVERSION LOVE 000102 It is helpful to consider the history of Christian Churches and to ask whether the history illustrate the long term disciples of Jesus of Nazareth transcending and subverting "The Domination System" --- or illustrates "The Domination System" subverting the message of Jesus of Nazareth and dominating the long term Disciples of Jesus. The limited historic records suggest very strongly that Jesus of Nazareth was a non-conformist with revolutionary suggestions on how the poor, weak and disadvantaged might best survive with integrity in the presence of "The Domination System". (See Walter Wink's paperback book "The Powers That Be" for the guidance of scholarly consideration of the alternatives.) History suggests that so far "The Domination System" has done very well both inside and outside of Christian Churches. After 2,000 years it is hard to discern many of the key elements of the Gospel according to Jesus as recorded in the New Testament. The Mythology of Redemptive Violence and Power to Dominate are alive and well in the electronic age of profitable Television and and Nuclear Dominance. The contrast between the well-to- do on the one hand --- and on the other hand the vulnerable, the weak, the women, the children, the diseased, and the imprisoned --- continues to widen in disintegrative ways. Most Christians do not deal effectively with the widening gap. Most Christians seem not to comprehend or affirm the non-violent message of the Gospel according to Jesus as recorded in the New Testament. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================