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Although countless books have been devoted to the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., few, if any, have focused on King's appropriation of, and contribution to, the intellectual tradition of personalism. Emerging as a philosophical movement in the early 1900s, personalism is a type of philosophical idealism that has a number of affinities with Christianity, such as a focus on a personal God and the sanctity of persons. Burrow points to similarities and dissimilarities between personalism and the social gospel movement with its call to churchgoers to involve themselves in the welfare of both individuals and society. He argues that King's adoption of personalism represented the fusion of his black Christian faith and his commitment not only to the social gospel of Rauschenbusch, but most especially to the social gospelism practiced by his grandfather, father, and black preacher-scholars at Morehouse College. Burrow devotes much-needed attention both to King's conviction that the universe is value-infused and to the implications of this ideology for King's views on human dignity and his concept of the "Beloved Community." Burrow also sheds light on King’s doctrine of God. He contends that King's view of God has been uncritically and erroneously relegated by black liberation theologians to the general category of "theistic absolutism" and he offers corrections to what he believes are misinterpretations of this and other aspects of King’s thought. He concludes with an application of King’s personalism to present-day social problems, particularly as they pertain to violence in the black community.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Lewis V. Baldwin and Walter G. Muelder
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 1 King’s Intellectual Odyssey
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. Chapter 2 Social Gospel and Walter Rauschenbusch
  2. pp. 33-68
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  1. Chapter 3 King and Personalism
  2. pp. 69-88
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  1. Chapter 4 King’s Conception of God
  2. pp. 89-124
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  1. Chapter 5 The Dignity of Being and Sexism
  2. pp. 125-154
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  1. Chapter 6 Personal Communitarianism and the Beloved Community
  2. pp. 155-180
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  1. Chapter 7 Objective Moral Order and Moral Laws
  2. pp. 181-202
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  1. Chapter 8 Use of Moral Laws and the Vietnam War
  2. pp. 203-242
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  1. Chapter 9 The Universe Is Friendly
  2. pp. 243-266
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  1. Afterword: An Appreciation
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 271-318
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 319-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-340
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268161002
Related ISBN
9780268021955
MARC Record
OCLC
1016851312
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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