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Our seduction into ideals in festival, shortage, and acquisition are generating too many casualties. we have to go away a state that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that includes the need to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is named a client tradition.

We imagine the unfastened industry ideology that surrounds us is correct and inevitable and represents development. we're referred to as to higher adapt, be extra agile, extra lean, extra schooled, extra, extra, extra. supply it up. there isn't any such factor as shopper delight.

We desire a new narrative, a shift in our considering and conversing. An different Kingdom takes us out of a tradition of addictive intake right into a position the place lifestyles is ours to create jointly.  This pleasant manner is dependent upon a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will greater bring up our kids, be fit, be hooked up, be secure, and supply a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a special language than market-hype. It speaks as an alternative in a sacred tongue.

Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a trip of departure from our patron industry tradition, with its constellations of empire and keep watch over. observe another set of ideals that experience the capability to awaken a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking overall healthiness aren't inevitable—a tradition during which the social order produces sufficient for all. They ask you to contemplate this different state. to take part during this glossy exodus in the direction of a contemporary group. to rouse its beginnings are throughout us. An different Kingdom outlines this trip to build a destiny open air the platforms international of ideas

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You will never have enough until you have the whole pie. And a pie to spare. Regardless of how full you are or how much you have. Class Warfare and the Distribution of Wealth It is the triad of widows and orphans and immigrants who are the most vulnerable in a patriarchal, market-dominated society. If you are an orphan or a widow, you don’t have a man, with special rights, to defend you, and obviously immigrants don’t have any rights or protector either. So the argument of the Torah, particularly the Book of ­Deuteronomy, shows up in the Prophets: The community has an obligation to protect these three vulnerable types because they don’t have any other ­protection.

Relating neighbor to neighbor is not overreaching in your neighbor’s space. It recognizes limits. The Tenth Commandant is to not covet. Holiness Holiness is the depth of mystery. What you can see in some of the parts of the texts like Leviticus is that they try to administer holiness. They made rules for the sake of control. But holiness is the Hebrew Bible’s attempt to talk about mystery. If you try to define the word holy, you can’t do it. It’s a mystery. It’s beyond that limit. It’s like God.

It envisions social relationships in a different world, in a manna-based culture. It’s a sharp contrast to a culture organized around commerce, a market ideology built on scarcity and the central premise that we cannot believe in sufficiency. It declares that we can never be satisfied with what we have, with the effect that customer satisfaction is truly an oxymoron. A neighborly culture would declare that nature no longer needs to be productive. That raw land does not need to be developed. That we have enough without more development.

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