Voice of Conscience The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr

ISBN-10: 0195380304
ISBN-13: 9780195380309
Edition: 2010
Authors: Lewis V. Baldwin
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Description: Before he was a civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a man of the church. His father was a pastor, and much of young Martin's time was spent in Baptist churches. He went on to seminary and received a Ph.D. in theology. In 1953,  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.18" wide x 9.21" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Before he was a civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a man of the church. His father was a pastor, and much of young Martin's time was spent in Baptist churches. He went on to seminary and received a Ph.D. in theology. In 1953, he took over leadership of Dexter AvenueBaptist Church in Atlanta. The church was his home. But, as he began working for civil rights, King became a fierce critic of the churches, both black and white. He railed against white Christian leaders who urged him to be patient in the struggle - or even opposed civil rights altogether. And,while the black church was the platform from which King launched the struggle for civil rights, he was deeply ambivalent toward the church as an institution, and saw it as in constant need of reform. In this book, Lewis Baldwin explores King's complex relationship with the Christian church, from hisdays growing up at Ebenezer Baptist, to his work as a pastor, to his battles with American churches over civil rights, to his vision for the global church. King, Baldwin argues, had a robust and multifaceted view of the nature and purpose of the church that serves as a model for the church in the21st century.

Foreword
Introduction
The Roots Factor: The Church as a Second Home
The True Ekklesia: Toward a Definition of the Church
A Balm in Gilead: The Black Church as Mission and Movement
An Uncertain Sound: The Ambivalent Soul of the White Church
Unrestricted Freedom: The Church and the World House
To Be Maladjusted: A Kingian Model for Church Renewal
Afterword
Notes
Index

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