Item 1637 - Temptation: the pull toward upward mobility

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1637

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Temptation: the pull toward upward mobility

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  • July 1981 (Creation)

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3 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Temptation’, published in Sojourners,Vol. 10, No. 7, July , 1981, pp. 25 -27. This is part two of a three part series. Nouwen begins by stating that the spiritual life is ‘the life of the Spirit of Christ within and among us’. He then suggests that there is also the ‘Evil One’ who roams among us and tempts us away from the life of Jesus. This article looks at the three temptations of Jesus in the wilderness. The first temptation Nouwen identifies as the temptation to be relevant. ‘This temptation touches us at the center of our identity. In a variety of ways we are made to believe that we are what we produce’. The second temptation Nouwen identifies as the temptation to be spectacular. ‘We have come to believe that a service is valuable when many attend, a protest meeting is worthwhile when television cameras are present…’ Nouwen suggests that we value things that get a great deal of attention but forget the quiet unobtrusive ways of Jesus. The third temptation is the temptation to be powerful. Nouwen suggests we long for power, but the more we have the less we are satisfied. He goes on to point out that the only power that ‘works’ is the power of God which is often seen as powerlessness. ‘We do not belong to the world. We belong to God’.

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Access copy available in Access Copies - Published Works, Articles by Nouwen, Box 1.

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Item is 2 of a series of 3 articles. See Published works series, items 1636 and 1638.

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Published in Sojourners 10, no. 7 (July 1981): 25-27.

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2000 01

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Box 295

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41-255

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