This four-week course covers the corresponding chapters in Walter Wink’s book Unmasking the Powers. Could Satan be in the service of God to work good and help us achieve our salvation? Or is he an independent force of evil? Do Satan, the demons, and the angels have a metaphysical reality, or are they simply a way of naming experiences common to the entire human race? Finally, who (and what) are the angels of the churches how do we, as Christians, minister to them?
Week 1: Introduction
Walter Wink argues that systems have their limits, and that discovering a system’s limit is as simple as asking, “What does this system exclude, push to the margins, or find difficult to talk about?”
Week 2: Satan
Wink believes evil must be symbolized so it can be resisted.
Week 3: The Demons
Wink sets out to reconcile two opposing theories of the demonic: Marxist and capitalist.
Week 4: The Angels of the Churches
People and organizations are both what they are and what they should be.
UNMASKING THE POWERS
The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence
By Walter Wink
227 pp. Fortress Press, 1987.
Last updated March 28, 2018