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Power and the Spirit of GodToward an Experience-Based Pneumatology$
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Bernard Cooke

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174518.001.0001

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The Basic Paradigm

The Basic Paradigm

Physical (Violent) Strength

(p.13) 1 The Basic Paradigm
Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

Oxford University Press

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

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