Church and the Environment of Power
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The community of the koinonia, along with other communities of goodwill, is not, after all, predetermined to be nothing more than a twisted knot of power play. Genuinely altruistic motives are not an artificial construct or an illusion. Power in their language is the ability to influence behaviour, more particularly to promote life'. Nikolas Rose writes as a psychology specialist acknowledging the new vantage points opened up by Foucault. A number of middle Foucault's warnings seem to have fallen on fertile soil here. The danger only increases where Christian teaching naively ignores the insights of such searchers as Foucault, feminism and others, perhaps by denying the sociological reality of church. Paradoxically, people have found that joining the Christian community can bring with it a sense of both increased and reduced freedom. This would be true freedom. It would mark a radical advance beyond Foucault's care of self, and furnish another lubricant for competing power strategies in a local church community.