Abundance Versus Scarcity – Walter Brueggemann

Have had the privilege of hearing Walter speak twice now… Powerful insight into the history of systems built to oppress.

Some of my own notes from his last talk (the audio of which can be found here...)

“Scarcity to abundance…a new pair of glasses.”

Scarcity leads to…
Accumulation leads to…
Monopoly leads to…
Violence leads to…

This is pharaoh’s narrative.

In pharaoh’s world everyone is dispensable and stays busy so they can’t think about alternatives.

The Gospel and poetry and the New Testament Interrupt the narrative.

Know the names of the interrupters. Not of pharaoh.

Deut 23:16

“The difference between heaven and hell is a new pair of glasses”

In A Spacious Place

In 1999 the renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann published a powerful and challenging essay in the Christian Century in which he characterized the biblical narrative as a story of tension between a mentality of abundance and the myth of scarcity. The entire article is well worth reading and can be viewed at http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=533

View original post 666 more words

Published by


I see life as full of possibilities and the world full of beautiful people possessing unique and often untapped talents. I’m a learner and connector, seeking ways to leverage the abundance in this world through strong community.

2 thoughts on “Abundance Versus Scarcity – Walter Brueggemann”

  1. Pingback: You are Enough

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s