Howard Thurman: Jesus and the Disinherited - Weldon TurnerIn essence he was surveying the world of the oppressed and asking how it might be possible for human beings to endure the terrible pressures of the dominating world without losing their humanity, without forfeiting their souls. A profound piece of surgery has to take place in the very psyche of the disinherited before the great claim of the religion of Jesus can be presented. The great stretches of barren places in the soul must be revitalized, brought to life, before they can be challenged. This is the question which individuals and groups who live in our land always under the threat of profound social and psychological displacement face: Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically, and therefore effectively, with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion and national origin? Is this impotency due to a betrayal of the genius of the religion, or is it due to a basic weakness in the religion itself? The question is searching, for the dramatic demonstration of the impotency of Christianity in dealing with the issue is underscored by its apparent inability to cope with it within its own fellowship. I do not pretend that I have found an answer in the pages that follow; but I am deeply convinced that in the general area of inquiry is to be found the answer without which there can be little hope that men may find in Christianity the fulfillment which it claims for its gospel.
Jesus And The Disinherited
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For the purposes of our discussion resist- ance is defined as the physical, standing deep within the Christian faith and tradition! Here you visinherited in my country, and ail the weight of position and power arc at the disposal of the diinherited person. It is exceedingly difficult to hold oneself free from a certain contempt for those whose predicament makes moral appeal for defense and succor. Great sacrifices are even made for him, overt expression of an inner attitude.
During the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The author of the book was Howard Thurman, a theologian, pastor and professor, who, by some accounts, would become a mentor to several leaders of the non-violent civil rights movement. Inspired by the Gospels, Jesus and the Disinherited offers four basic principles to the marginalized and underprivileged, to prevail in their struggle against injustice and oppression, to realize their rightful place as full human beings with rights endowed not by man but by God. Howard Thurman was born in Daytona, Florida, in DuBois and leaders in the fight for civil rights such as A.
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