‘Power Relations’ and Church
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Enlisting the Spirit in human aspirations for power over has, for many, sometimes left a bad taste, a stain or lifelong scars. The first writer is Kyle Pasewark in his Theology of Power which appeared in 1993 and has attracted much attention. Denial of someone else's participation in the power of the Spirit proved a temptation to many an agitator in that sixteenth-century world of changing loyalties, mutual anathemas, and wild claims to be certain in doctrine. The second writer of interest offering a rethink concerning church and the Spirit's power is Lee Snook. The use of Foucault is not strong here but the author is aware of the zero-sum approach to power and naturally rejects it. According to Pasewark, using the word weakness here overlooks the stubborn fact that sovereignty, even God's, must include an element of domination and compulsion. The possibility of paradoxical power out of weakness does not prove some universal Christian imperative to seek out suffering.