Richard Deats: On the Death of Great ‘Principalities and Powers’ Theologian Walter Wink

Theologian Walter Wink died on May 10, 2012.

A shout out and thank you to Richard Deats for sending me his beautiful reflection on the passing of his friend and theologian Walter Wink.

Rev. Richard Deats, editor emeritus of Fellowship magazine, has led nonviolence workshops around the globe, including in southern Africa with Walter Wink during the apartheid era. Here’s an excerpt of Richard’s memorial (and I hope you’ll read the whole thing at the Fellowship of Reconciliation site):

“Walter Wink, 76, one of the most creative and influential scholars of our day, died peacefully at his home in Sandisfield in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts on May 10, 2012. His health had been declining since he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.

Wink was born in Dallas, Texas. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University, after which he received Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was assigned as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Hitchcock, Texas for five years. Then, for nine years, he served at Union Seminary as professor of New Testament, followed by becoming professor of biblical interpretation (1976-2005) at Auburn Theological Seminary, also in New York City. Outspoken against the Vietnam war, from 1967 to 1976 he served on the national steering committee of Clergy and Laity Concerned about Vietnam.

Wink became a prolific author of prize-winning and widely studied books. He wrote 16 books and hundreds of articles in the fields of biblical interpretation, war and peace, and nonviolence.

His acclaimed trilogy on “the principalities and powers,” The Powers – Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament; Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces that Determine Human Existence; and Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination – has been of continuing influence. Engaging the Powers was completed during a sabbatical when Wink received a coveted Peace Fellowship from the U.S. Institute of Peace. …” —Richard Deats

Read the whole reflection and see more photos.

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