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.
Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a philosopher, theologian, educator, reformer, and author of more than 20 books, including "Jesus and the Disinherited" and "The Inward Journey." He championed Gandhi's non-violent methods in the West and inspired both black and white leaders in the American struggle for equality and civil rights.Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a transdenominational community in Los Angeles. He is the founder of the University of Transformational Studies and Leadership, and an international speaker and teacher of meditation. Beckwith is a featured teacher in the film "The Secret," and also appears in the films "Pass It On" and "Living Luminaries." He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. Beckwith's books include "Inspirations of the Heart," "40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast," and "A Manifesto of Peace."Alice Walker
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1983, Alice Walker is recognized as one of the major writers of our time. Her novels include "The Third Life of Grange Copeland; Meridian; The Temple of My Familiar;" and "Possessing the Secret of Joy. The Color Purple" spent more than a year on the "New York Times" bestseller list and was made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. An essayist, poet, short story writer, and children's book author, Alice Walker has taught at Wellesley College, Brown, Sarah Lawrence College, and Harvard, and was an associate professor of English at Yale.
Howard Thurman was born in 1900 and died in 1981.
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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.