It's reported that Walter Wink has passed away. He is a very influential New Testament scholar who has a whole generation of scholars following his works.
Besides the evaluation of the pincipalities and powers in the Scriptures, his other most important work is the development of a pacifist position generally known as 'creative non-violent resistance'.
Honestly, I don't have much regard for the latter work of Wink because it has no substance. Wink's position of creative non-violent resistance is plucked out from thin air. In Singapore's idiom, his work is full of smoke.
There is no evident to support his reading of Matthew 5:30 ("anyone slaps your right cheek, turn to him your left") to mean creative non-violent resistance. I've written about this previously.
And I'm amazed that there is a generation of writers (for e.g. David Garland, Glen H. Stassen, David P. Gushee and even N.T. Wright!) who follow Wink's interpretation despite there is no supporting evident for it. These are not any writers, but learned people with Ph.D degree in Biblical Studies!
An example of biblical scholarship that is built on smoke.
However, this does not mean that I'm not inspired by Wink at all. I do. But not in how he justifies his 'creative non-violent resistance.'