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  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant2 questions:From Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and aRevolution of HopeWhat are the top globalproblems?What does the message of Jesussay to those problems?
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal ProtestantTop Global Problems:High Noon (20)United Nations University (15)Copenhagen Consensus (10)Millennium Development Goals (8)PEACE plan (5)
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal ProtestantUnited Nations University: The State of the FutureTop Fifteen Challenges: How can …1. … sustainable development be achieved for all?2. … everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?3. … population growth and resources be brought intobalance?4. … genuine democracy emerge from authoritarianregimes?5. … policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?6. … the global convergence of information andcommunications technologies work for everyone?7. … ethical market economies be encouraged to helpreduce the gap between rich and poor?
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant8. … the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immunemicro-organisms be reduced?9. … the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of workand institutions change?10. … shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnicconflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of massdestruction?11. … the changing status of women help improve the humancondition?12. … transnational organized crime networks be stopped frombecoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?13. … growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?14. … scientific and technological breakthroughs be acceleratedto improve the human condition?15. … ethical considerations become more routinelyincorporated into global decisions?
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant8 Millennium Development Goals:1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.2. Achieve universal primary education.3. Promote gender equality and empower women.4. Reduce child mortality.5. Improve maternal health.6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases.7. Ensure environmental sustainability.8. Develop a global partnership for development
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal ProtestantCopenhagen Consensus Top 10Global Problems1. Hunger and malnutrition2. Climate change3. Conflicts4. Financial Instability5. Water and Sanitation6. Subsidies and Trade Barriers7. Population/Migration8. Communicable Diseases9. Education10. Governance and Corruption
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal ProtestantRick Warren’s PEACE Plan1. Plant churches to combat spiritualemptiness2. Equip servant leaders to combat corruptleadership3. Assist the poor through humanitarian aid(poverty)4. Care for the sick to combat disease5. Educate the next generation to combatignorance
  • spiritual emptiness corrupt leadershippoverty disease ignorance hungerand malnutrition climate changeconflicts Financial InstabilityWater/Sanitation subsidies/tradebarriers population/ migrationcommunicable diseases educationgovernance/corruption hungereducation gender inequality childmortality maternal healthenvironmental sustainability ethnicconflicts terrorism weapons of massdestruction organized crime networksenergy demands clean waterpopulation growth authoritarianregimes
  • spiritualemptinesscorruptleadershippovertydiseaseignorancehungerandmalnutritionclimatechangeconflictsFinancialInstabilityWater/Sanitationsubsidies/tradebarrierspopulation/migrationcommunicablediseaseseducationgovernance/corruptionhungereducationgenderinequalitychildmortalitymaternalhealthenvironmentalsustainabilityethnicconflictsterrorismweaponsofmassdestructionorganizedcrimenetworksenergydemandscleanwaterpopulationgrowthauthoritarianregimesFOURGLOBALCRISES
  • Societal Machine
  • Societal MachineProsperityMachine: acomplex toolfashioned toachieve a desire.
  • Societal MachineSecurityProsperity
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperity
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe Ecosystem
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWaste
  • The EcosystemHeatSolar Energy
  • The EcosystemHeatSolar Energy
  • Societal MachineEquitySecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResources WasteCrisis 1. A Prosperity System that can’t stop growing beyondenvironmental limits, resulting in multi-faceted environmentalcrises. (The crisis of the planet.)
  • Societal MachineEquitySecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResources Waste
  • Societal MachineEquitySecurityProsperityHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWaste2. An Equity System that can’t keep pace with the growinggap between the rich minority and the poor majority,resulting in suffering, resentment, and fear. (The crisis ofpoverty.)
  • Societal MachineEquitySecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWaste
  • Societal MachineEquitySecurityProsperityHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWaste3. A Security System that arms rich and poor with more andmore catastrophic weapons, resulting in vicious cycles ofcrime, mass migration, terrorism and anti-terrorism. (Thecrisis of peace.)
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWaste
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWasteFraming Story
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWasteFraming Story4. The Failure of the World’sReligions to provide a framing storycapable of healing the societalmachine - i.e. Good News. (The crisisof purpose.)
  • SIX FRAMING STORES TYPICALLYDIRECT HUMAN SOCIETIES:1.THE DOMINATION STORY:PEACE AND SECURITYTHROUGH BEING INCONTROL“If only we were in charge!” (Empire)
  • 2. THE REVOLUTION STORY:PEACE AND SECURITYTHROUGH VIOLENTOVERTHROW OFOPPRESSORS.“If only THEY weren’t incontrol!” (Revenge)
  • 3. THE PURIFICATION STORY:PEACE AND SECURITYTHROUGH NAMING,BLAMING, SHAMING, ANDEXCLUDING A DANGEROUSMINORITY.“If only THOSE PEOPLE would change -or disappear.”(If only a minority wouldchange.) (Scapegoating/Genocide)
  • 4. THE VICTIMIZATION STORY:NO PEACE AND SECURITY (andidentity) UNTIL AN INJUSTICEIS REDRESSED.“If only our oppressors would bebrought to justice.” (If only theywould change.) (Alienation)
  • 5. THE ISOLATION STORY:PEACE AND SECURITYTHROUGH WITHDRAWINGFROM THE CORRUPT,DOOMED MAJORITY.“If only we could be left alone tobe ourselves by ourselves.”(Elite/elect remnant)
  • 6. THE ACCUMULATIONSTORY: PEACE ANDSECURITY THROUGHACCUMULATINGPOSSESSIONS IN ACOMPETITIVE ECONOMY.“If only we could buy, enjoy, andstockpile what we desire.”(Economic Advantage)
  • DOMINATION PURIFICATIONACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATIONREVOLUTIONISOLATION
  • DOMINATION PURIFICATIONACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATIONREVOLUTIONISOLATIONCONFLICT!
  • Hypocrisy:Religions can intentionally oraccidentally baptize, support,legitimize, and camouflage thesix destructive framing stories.They can cover up a wolf-ishmessage in sheep’s language.
  • A Dangerous Possibility:Even so-called Christianreligions can lose Jesus’story, and instead usebiblical language tocamouflage one or more ofhistory’s violent framingstories.
  • RELIGIOUSDOMINATIONRELIGIOUSPURIFICATIONRELIGIOUSACCUMULATIONRELIGIOUSVICTIMIZATIONRELIGIOUSREVOLUTIONRELIGIOUS ISOLATION
  • DOMINATION PURIFICATIONACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATIONREVOLUTIONISOLATIONAN ALTERNATIVE STORY?
  • DOMINATION PURIFICATIONACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATIONREVOLUTIONISOLATIONNEW CREATION/ RECONCILIATION
  • Domination - Romans, Sadducees,HerodiansRevolution - ZealotsPurification (Scapegoating) -PhariseesIsolation - EssenesAccumulation - Judeans,landowners, stewardsVictimization - scapegoated“sinners,” servants, Galileans,Samaritans, women, children,poor (beggars, demoniacs)
  • Jesus proclaimed a radicallydifferent framing story … Goodnews of the Kingdom of God.Good news - announcement of anew regime, administration,victory.Kingdom - reigning,relationships, values, laws,customs: the unified wholeGod - which one?
  • The kingdom of God …A God who forgives …A God who includes …A God who notices …A God who serves …A nonviolent God who reconciles…A God who heals …A God who transcends boundaries…A God who sides with the poor …A God who is present …
  • Domination: Us over themRevolution: Us versus themPurification: Us versus some of usVictimization: Us in spite of themIsolation: Us away from themAccumulation: Us competing with them.Kingdom of God/New Creation/Reconciliation: Some of us for allof us.
  • Non-Domination: ServiceNon-Revolution: Nonviolent subversive actionNon-Purification: Eating with outcastsNon-Victimization: Your faith has saved you!Non-Isolation: Physicians come to the sickNon-Accumulation: Seek first God’s kingdom and justiceKingdom of God/New Creation/Reconciliation: Love God, loveneighbor, love enemy, proclaim goodnews
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWasteDomination, Revolution, Purification,Isolation, Victimization,Accumulation?
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWasteGood News of theKingdom of God?
  • There are many “kingdoms” or power structures or socialarrangements or ways of life available in this world …But they set people against each other … above and againstthe environment … even against themselves.There is another kingdom … another system … another wayof arranging life … another path to prosperity, equity, andsecurity.It is the original way, the Creator’s way, the way of prosperitythrough service and stewardship, security throughreconciliation and peace-making, and equity through justiceand the pursuit of the common good. This is the way of thekingdom of God, the way of Jesus.
  • After John was put inprison, Jesus went intoGalilee, proclaiming thegood news of God.The time has come, hesaid. The kingdom ofGod has come near.Repent and believe thegood news!Mark 1:15
  • QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture.Ivan Illich (Austrianformer priest,philosopher, socialcritic, 1926-2002)
  • Neither revolution nor reformationcan ultimately change a society,rather you must tell a new powerfultale, one so persuasive that it sweepsaway the old myths and becomes thepreferred story …
  • … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story.- attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest,philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  • The outcome will depend in largemeasure on the prevailing storiesthat shape our understanding….Perhaps the most difficult yetessential aspect of this work is tochange our stories…. Thus, thetrue believers of the New Rightgained power not by theirnumbers, which were relativelysmall, but by their ability tocontrol the stories …- David Korten, The Great Turning, p. 20,237
  • [Jesus] dedicated his life tochanging the prevailing stories.- David Korten, The Great Turning, p. 20, 237, 261
  • The idea of Jesus as the messianic Christ andfounder of an imperial church was a reconstructionthat did not come to fruition until nearly threecenturies after his crucifixion, when the emperorConstantine embraced Christianity and made it theofficial religion of the Roman Empire. Christianityhas served empire ever since, lending morallegitimacy to unconscionable violence andoppression in the name of the man whose life wasdevoted to teaching love and compassion.- David Korten, The Great Turning, p. 259
  • The essence of struggle is neither endurance nordenial. The essence of struggle is the decision tobecome new rather than simply to become older. Itis the opportunity to grow either smaller or largerin the process. There is, then, a gift hidden in thetravails of forced change. It is the gift of beginningagain: conversion.QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture.- Sister JoanChittister, Scarredby Struggle,Transformed byHope, p. 22
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant4 Crises:Planetary crisis (Prosperity)Poverty crisis (Equity)Peace-making crisis (Security)Purpose crisis (Spirituality/story)
  • Societal MachineEquity SecurityProsperityThe EcosystemHeatSolar EnergyResourcesWasteGood News of theKingdom of God
  • What willhappen?
  • What will youand I do?
  • A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis:Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Wherethere is hatred, let us sow love; where there isinjury, pardon; where there is discord, union;where there is doubt, faith; where there isdespair, hope; where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we maynot so much seek to be consoled as to console;to be understood as to understand; to be loved asto love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is inpardoning that we are pardoned; and it is indying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
  • There are many reasonsto compare our churchesto an old male tortoise…
  • Our God who makes usone family …May your unspeakableName be revered.Now, here on earth may yourcommonwealth come…On earth, as in heaven, may yourdreams come true.
  • Give us today our bread fortoday.Forgive us our wrongs as weforgive.Lead us away from the time of trial,Liberate us from the evil.
  • For the kingdom is yours and yours alone,the power is yours and yours alone,the glory is yours and yours alone,Now and forever. Amen.
  • HallelujahHallelujahAmen.Now, here on earth may yourcommonwealth come…On earth, as in heaven, may yourdreams come true.
  • Conventional View Emerging ViewThe HumanSituation: Whatis the story thatwe findourselves in?God created the world as perfect,but because our primalancestors, Adam and Eve, didnot maintain the absoluteperfection demanded by God,God has irrevocably determinedthat the entire universe and all itcontains will be destroyed, andthe souls of all human beings –except for those specificallyexempted – will be foreverpunished for their imperfectionin hell.1God created the world as good, buthuman beings – as individuals, and asgroups – have rebelled against God andfilled the world with evil and injusticelike a terrible disease. God wants to savehumanity and heal it from its sickness,but humanity is hopelessly lost andconfused, like sheep without a shepherd,wandering farther and farther intolostness and danger. Left to themselves,human beings will spiral downward insickness and evil.BasicQuestions: Whatquestions didJesus come toanswer?Since everyone is doomed tohell, Jesus seeks to answer thesequestions: how can individualsbe saved from eternalpunishment in hell and insteadgo to heaven after they die? Howcan God help individuals behappy and successful until then?Since the human race is in such desperatetrouble, Jesus seeks to answer thisquestion: what must be done about themess we’re in? The mess refers both tothe general human condition and itsspecific outworking among hiscontemporaries: living under dominationby the Roman empire, and divided intovarious competing sects.Jesus’ message:How did Jesusrespond to thecrisis?Jesus says, in essence, “If youwant to be among thosespecifically qualified to escapebeing forever punished for yoursins in hell, you must repent ofyour individual sins and believethat my Father punished me onthe cross so He won’t have topunish you in hell. Only if youbelieve this will you go toheaven when everyone else isbanished to hell.”2This is thegood news.Jesus says, in essence, “Other people andgroups – including your own religiousleaders - are leading you farther andfarther astray. I have been sent by Godwith this good news – that God loveshumanity, even in its lostness and sin.God graciously invites everyone andanyone to question and reject what theyhave been told and instead follow a newpath. Trust me and become my disciple,and you will be transformed, and you willparticipate in the transformation of theworld, which is possible, beginning rightnow.”3This is the good news.1Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too,plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious.2This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular RomanCatholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow itsinstructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant