The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice from the Civil Rights Movement to Today

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Basic Books, 31. 7. 2008 - Počet stran: 320
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A noted theologian explains how the radical idea of Christian love animated the African American civil rights movement and how it can power today's social justice struggles

Speaking to his supporters at the end of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1956, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared that their common goal was not simply the end of segregation as an institution. Rather, "the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption, the end is the creation of the beloved community." King's words reflect the strong religious convictions that motivated the African American civil rights movement. As King and his allies saw it, "Jesus had founded the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live in that love." Through a commitment to this idea of love and to the practice of nonviolence, civil rights leaders sought to transform the social and political realities of twentieth-century America.

In The Beloved Community, theologian and award-winning author Charles Marsh traces the history of the spiritual vision that animated the civil rights movement and shows how it remains a vital source of moral energy today. The Beloved Community lays out an exuberant new vision for progressive Christianity and reclaims the centrality of faith in the quest for social justice and authentic community.

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THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today

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"The revolution begins in the pews." So opens this closely reasoned study of the faith expressed in good works like the Civil Rights Act and antipoverty movement.At the heart of Marsh's (Religion/Univ ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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CHAPTER
11
The God Movement
51
The Rise and Fall of SNCC
87
The Dream
127
Between the Times
145
John Perkins and the Radical
153
Dispatches from
189
The Contours of an Activist Faith for the
207
Acknowledgments
217
127
230
Selected Bibliography
273
Index
283
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Strana 36 - Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.
Strana 22 - BLEST be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love ; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above. 2 Before our Father's throne We pour our ardent prayers ; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, Our comforts and our cares.
Strana 127 - I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Strana 1 - SMOs such as the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
Strana 55 - For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Strana 196 - All of this is on account we want to register, to become first-class citizens, and if the Freedom Democratic Party is not seated now, I question America, is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?
Strana 21 - And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

O autorovi (2008)

Charles Marsh is Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and Director of the Project on Lived Theology. He is the author of several award-winning books, including Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God's Long Summer, and The Last Days, and coauthor of Welcoming Justice. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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