Item description for Howard Thurman: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series) by Howard Thurman & Luther E. Smith, Jr....
Overview Howard Thurman (1900-1981), minister, philosopher, civil rights activist, has been called 'one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation.' His encounters with Gandhi in India helped instill in him a commitment to nonviolence. His identification of Jesus as one of the disinherited and his analysis of race relations as a spiritual issue informed the thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. And his embrace of wisdom from other faith traditions emboldened interfaith cooperation and understanding.
Publishers Description Howard Thurman (1900-1981), minister, philosopher, civil rights activist, has been called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." His encounters with Gandhi in India helped instill his commitment to nonviolence. His identification of Jesus as one of the disinherited helped shape the thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. His embrace of wisdom from other religious traditions emboldened interfaith cooperation and understanding.
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 14, 2006
Publisher Orbis Books
Series Modern Spiritual Masters
ISBN 1570756708 ISBN13 9781570756702
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More About Howard Thurman & Luther E. Smith, Jr.
Hailed by Life magazine as one of the great preachers of the twentieth century; a spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., Sherwood Eddy, James Farmer, A. J. Musty, and Pauli Murray; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States; Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a man of penetrating foresight and astonishing charisma. His vision of the world was one of a democratic camaraderie born of faith, and in light of today's global community, one of particular importance.
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Standing with those whose backs are against the wall Feb 6, 2008
In what's arguably his best book, Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman asks what message Jesus has to give to those whose backs are against the wall. In his Introduction to this new compilation of Thurman's spiritual writings, editor Luther Smith points out (p. 28) that Jesus advises neither blaming the wall nor trying to flee, but instead to respond with love, thereby asserting autonomy over the situation. In a fundamental way, this is the heart of Thurman's thought and activism: liberating oneself, through love, to be fully human; liberating others, through love, to be fully human; and liberating God, through love, to be fully God.
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.