Hart Readers*

WHAT: Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, by Walter Wink, Led by the Rev. Thee Smith
WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM [Note: Hart Readers has moved from the first Wednesday to the first Thursday of the month.]
WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in the Walthour Library)
                For more information, contact Kerith Lee, 404-237-7582 or cbs3@mindspring.com. 

About Engaging the Powers:
Wink explores the problem of evil today and how it relates to the New Testament concept of Principalities and Powers. He asks the question "How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves?"Winner of the Pax Christi Award, the Academy of Parish Clergy Book of the Year, and the Midwest Book Achievement Award for Best Religious Book.

Reading Assignment from Thee Smith:
Rather than trying to read the entire book, Rev. Smith suggests that you first focus your reading on the following, which be the subject of our conversations:

  • Introduction (10p)
  • Chapters 4, 7, 10, 11, 15-17 (130 pages)
Optional Reading (if you have time):

  • Chapters 9, 13, and 14 (55 pages)

Quote from the Introduction:

"One of the most pressing questions facing the world today is, How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves? It is my conviction that any attempt to face the problem of evil in society from a New Testament perspective must be bound up with an understanding of what the Bible calls the "Principalities and Powers." I am also convinced that no social ethic can be constructed on New Testament grounds without recognition of the role of these Powers in sustaining and subverting human life.

My thesis is that what people in the world of the Bible experience and called "Principalities and Powers" was in fact real. They were discerning the actual spirituality at the center of the political, economic, and cultural institutions of their day. The spiritual aspect of the Powers is not simply a "personification" of institutional qualities that would exist whether they were personified or not. On the contrary, the spirituality of an institution exists as a real aspect of the institution even when it is not perceived as such. Institutions have an actual spiritual ethos, and we neglect this aspect of institutional life to our peril."


*Hart Readers is a community reading group. On first Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:30 pm, readers from the church parish and the broader community will gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. We will not meet during Lent. For more information, call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3@mindspring.com