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Howard Thurman: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series) Paperback – November 8, 2006
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It's a shame that Thurman isn't as well-known today as he was even a short quarter of a century ago. As a Christian pacifist, he influenced most of the leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. As a college chaplain and teacher, he moved hundreds of students to reflect deeply on the moral life. As a popular and insightful preacher and author, he inspired thousands of listeners and readers to to take more seriously what it means to be a Christian. He anticipated both liberation theology and theologies of the oppressed.
The love ethic so central to Thurman's thought undergirds one of the most notable features of his teachings: its loving embrace of alternative religious perspectives. Thurman was convinced that there are universal truths, but that humans can only encounter them in particulars. We have no sub specie aeternitatus perspective. So God is discernible in particular modes of worship, particular doctrines, particular faith traditions. But no particular can encompass a universal. So while the universal is encountered in the particular, no particular has a monopoly on truth or revelation.
Smith is to be commended for reintroducing Thurman in this lovely compilation.
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A good collection of Thurman's works, great introduction to his deep understanding of social and cultural issues from an African American's perspective. Theology at it's best!!! Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Lifelong student