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An Other Kingdom

Walter BrueggemannJohn McknightPeter Block

An Other Kingdom

Walter BrueggemannJohn McknightPeter Block

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Our seduction into beliefs in competition, scarcity, and acquisition are producing too many casualties. We need to depart a kingdom that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that comes with the will to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is called a consumer culture.

We think the free market ideology that surrounds us is true and inevitable and represents progress. We are called to better adapt, be more agile, more lean, more schooled, more, more, more. Give it up. There is no such thing as customer satisfaction.

We need a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking. An Other Kingdom takes us out of a culture of addictive consumption into a place where life is ours to create together. This satisfying way depends upon a neighborly covenant?an agreement that we together, will better raise our children, be healthy, be connected, be safe, and provide a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a different language than market-hype. It speaks instead in a sacred tongue.

Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a journey of departure from our consumer market culture, with its constellations of empire and control. Discover an alternative set of beliefs that have the capacity to evoke a culture where poverty, violence, and shrinking well-being are not inevitable?a culture in which the social order produces enough for all. They ask you to consider this other kingdom. To participate in this modern exodus towards a modern community. To awaken its beginnings are all around us. An Other Kingdom outlines this journey to construct a future outside the systems world of solutions.



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About "An Other Kingdom"

Our seduction into beliefs in competition, scarcity, and acquisition are producing too many casualties. We need to depart a kingdom that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that comes with the will to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is called a consumer culture.

We think the free market ideology that surrounds us is true and inevitable and represents progress. We are called to better adapt, be more agile, more lean, more schooled, more, more, more. Give it up. There is no such thing as customer satisfaction.

We need a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking. An Other Kingdom takes us out of a culture of addictive consumption into a place where life is ours to create together. This satisfying way depends upon a neighborly covenant?an agreement that we together, will better raise our children, be healthy, be connected, be safe, and provide a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a different language than market-hype. It speaks instead in a sacred tongue.

Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a journey of departure from our consumer market culture, with its constellations of empire and control. Discover an alternative set of beliefs that have the capacity to evoke a culture where poverty, violence, and shrinking well-being are not inevitable?a culture in which the social order produces enough for all. They ask you to consider this other kingdom. To participate in this modern exodus towards a modern community. To awaken its beginnings are all around us. An Other Kingdom outlines this journey to construct a future outside the systems world of solutions.


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Meet the Authors

Walter Brueggemann

Dr. Walter Brueggemann (Th.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York:; Ph.D., St. Louis University) is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA .

His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament (Fortress Press, 1997) quickly became a foundational work in the field. The Association of Theological Booksellers presented Walter Brueggemann and Fortress Press with a Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book at a dinner in Brueggemann's honor, for the award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World.

His recent publications include Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah, Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah, and The Word That Redescribes the World: The Bible and Discipleship.

Peter Block

PETER KOESTENBAUM was a professor of philosophy at San Jose State University for thirty-four years. He has applied his knowledge of philosophy to business, leadership, management, marketing, and strategic thinking. He is the author of Leadership; The Inner Side of Greatness, Is There an Answer to Death?, Managing Anxiety, Choosing to Love, The Heart of Business, The New Image of the Person, and The Vitality of Death. Koestenbaum and Block are the co-creators of the videotape The Language of the Leadership Diamonda. Peter lives in Westlake Village, California. ýPETER BLOCK author, consultant,

Table Of Contents

  • :

    signs Of The Times Xiii

    introduction: C Ontext Is Decisive Xvii

    the Landscape Of The Market World Xx

    enclosure Xxi

    covenantal Versus Contractual Order Xxi

    the Neighborly Covenant Xxii

    chapter 1 The Free Market Consumer Ideology 1

    scarcity 2

    certainty And Perfection 3

    privatization 3

    the Institutional Assumptions 4

    better Management/technology Is The Fix 4

    interpersonal Is A Problem 5

    competition Trumps Trust 5

    toward A Neighborly Culture 6

    a Culture Based On Covenant 6

    chapter 2 Neighborly Beliefs 9

    abundance 9

    mystery 10

    mystery At Work 11

    a Place For God 13

    holiness 15

    wilderness 15

    fallibility 16

    failing To Be God 18

    grief 19

    the Common Good 20

    chapter 3 Enough Is Enough: Limits Of The Market Ideology 21

    the Consumer Market Disciplines 22

    surplus 22

    predictability And Control 24

    speed And Convenience 26

    the Sale Of Convenience 26

    convenience Displaces Capacity 27

    digital Solutions 28

    the Meaning Of Money 29

    money And The Machine 30

    wishing For Safety, Believing In Growth 31

    competition And Class 32

    class By Design 33

    class Warfare And The Distribution Of Wealth 34

    the Myth Of Individualism 36

    chapter 4 Tentacles Of Empire 37

    the Corporatization Of Schools 38

    no View From The Top 38

    end Of Aliveness 39

    mobility And Isolation 40

    un-productive Wealth 41

    violence 42

    illusion Of Reform 43

    chapter 5 The Common Good Is The New Frontier 45

    the Neighborly Covenant 46

    the Commons 48

    an Alternative Social Order 49

    resisting The Empire 50

    off-market Possibilities 51

    the Neighborly Way 53

    the Alternative To Restless Productivity 55

    the Shadow Side Of Community 58

    chapter 6 The Disciplines Of Neighborliness 61

    time 63

    a Time For All Things 63

    time Is The Devil 63

    standing In Line 65

    kairos 65

    food 66

    food And Sacred Re-performance 67

    the Local Food Movement 69

    food And Culture 69

    silence 71

    listening 72

    quakers And Time And Listening 72

    sacraments Of Silence 73

    covenant: A Vow Of Freedom And Faithfulness 74

    covenant And Retributive Justice 75

    abundance And The Right Use Of Money 75

    money And Our Affection For Place 77

    a Liturgy For The Common Good 77

    prophetic Possibilities 78

    story As Liturgy And Re-performance 79

    the Re-performing Power Of Liturgy 79

    postscript: Beyond Money And Consumption 81

    timing Is Everything 82

    signs Of Change 83

    commentaries 85

    references And Further Reading 97

    acknowledgments 103

    about The Authors 105

    index 111

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 445476
  • Product Code 9781119194729
  • ISBN 1119194725
  • EAN 9781119194729
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Money/work
  • Publisher John Wiley Press
  • Publication Date Jan 2016
  • Sales Rank #14532
  • Dimensions 230 x 155 x 7 mm
  • Weight 0.201kg

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