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God and Human Dignity: The Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0268021948
ISBN-10: 0268021945
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“Burrow offers a well-written analysis of the intellectual tradition of personalism. He shows how the tradition influenced Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology and ethics, and how King in turn made his own unique contributions to this system of thought. . . . This book is both an excellent introduction to King’s thought and an excellent survey of scholarship on this aspect of King’s life and contributions.” —Choice

“Burrow insightfully makes the case that King had learned themes of personalism and of the social gospel in its African American form from his family, from Benjamin Mays and George Kelsey at Morehouse College, and from George Washington Davis at Crozer Seminary, prior to King’s own studies at the seat of personalism, Boston University. . . . Burrow shows how King’s understanding of Jesus’ way of love as delivering love, together with how Ghandi’s satyagraha and the actual experience of the power of nonviolent direct action can also be seen as an illumination of how God’s power works in history.” —Journal of Religion

About the Author

Rufus Burrow, Jr., is Indiana Professor of Christian Thought and professor of theological social ethics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268021945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268021948
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,546,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vital book to recover Martin Luther King, Jr, from the collection of dusty statues. Every year, we mark "Martin Luther King Day", and every year people lose a bit more of the intellectual fiber of the man. He spoke, yes, and had a powerful voice, but he prepared. He studied the philosophy and theology of Boston Personalism, first with ES Brightman and then with Harold DeWolf, with Walter Muelder as Dean of the Boston Univeristy School of Theology. When King mentions ""persons" in his sermons -- see the collection Strength to Love", we get the tip of a large block of thinking on why "persons" and not "individuals", for instance. King chose his terminology, and there is a deep background. Rufus Burrow is a generation younger than King, but knows the tradition. Burrow make King live again, in a way that replaying "I have a dream" does not; superficial praise ("oh, what a nice man") trivializes King...makes him safe for current Americans. King, alive, challenges us, and Burrow helps us recall the live Martin Luther King.
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Powerful book for ministers and seminary students to read about King's life and ministry and his love for God and Human dignity during the civil rights movement.
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