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A Strange Freedom

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A spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States, Howard Thurman offered a transcendent vision of our world. This lyrical collection of select published and unpublished works traces his struggle with the particular manifestations of violence and hatred that mark the twentieth century. His words remind us all that out of religious faith emerges social responsibility and the power to ...
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A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life

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Overview

A spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States, Howard Thurman offered a transcendent vision of our world. This lyrical collection of select published and unpublished works traces his struggle with the particular manifestations of violence and hatred that mark the twentieth century. His words remind us all that out of religious faith emerges social responsibility and the power to transform lives.
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This book [should] be in every household in the world in search of a spiritual foundation. --the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

"Fortunate reader, if you have picked up this book, you have found, as the Bible says, a 'pearl of great price.' Take it home, read it, treasure it, and pass it on to a youth who needs its wisdom." --Marian Wright Edelman, president, the Children's Defense Fund

"An important collection. . . . Howard Thurman speaks in this work on leadership, commitment, identity, dreams, peace-topics that are as apt to today's readers as they were to readers of years past. It is a fitting tribute." --Ebony

"This fine anthology makes available to a new generation the thought of one of the great theologians of the twentieth century. I strongly recommend it." --James H. Cone, Briggs Distinguished Professor, Union Theological Seminary

Library Journal
This collection of writings, selected from The Sound of the Genuine: The Papers of Howard Thurman (a three-volume documentary edition forthcoming from South Carolina University Press), presents Thurman (1899-1981) as the spiritual adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., the first black dean of Boston University's Chapel, and an influential public intellectual in his own right. Thurman's challenges, regarding such themes as America's search for its soul, the potential of a democratic community, and the impact of self-disciplined love for the world, illuminate the common ground he strove passionately to create. Some 154 notes provide excellent historical context. Recommended for all public libraries and specialized collections in American history, religious development, and civil rights.--Leroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty Lib. System, Inverness, FL
Booknews
A selection of 39 published and unpublished writings by Thurman (1900- 81), a spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr and others; the first black dean at a white university; and co-founder of the first inter-racially pastored, intercultural church in the US. They are presented in sections on finding God in private life, religious experience and ethical life, community and the will of God, and meditations for Apostles of Sensitiveness. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807010570
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 799,100
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Earl Fluker is professor of philosophy and religion and executive director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College and founder of VisionQuest Association, Inc. Catherine Tumber is a fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African-American Research at Harvard University, and has taught history at the University of Rochester, St. Lawrence University, and Syracuse University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Editorial Policy Statement
Introduction 1
Sect. I Finding God in Private Life 19
Meditation: The Idol of Togetherness 21
Barren or Fruitful? (1932) 23
What Shall I Do With My Life? (1939) 30
Suffering (1963) 35
The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death (1947) 55
Prayer (1963) 80
Sect. II Religious Experience and Ethical Life 97
Meditation: Freedom Is a Discipline 99
Concerning the Search (1971) 101
Excerpt from "Mysticism and Social Change" (1939) 108
Religion in a Time of Crisis (1943) 124
Jesus - An Interpretation (1949) 131
Deception (1949) 148
Leadership (1960) 160
Reconciliation (1963) 163
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968) 185
Sect. III "Community and the Will of God" 189
Meditation: Friends Whom I Knew Not 191
The Task of the Negro Ministry (1928) 193
What We May Learn from India (1936) 200
The Will to Segregation (1943) 211
The Fellowship Church of All Peoples (1945) 220
The Commitment (1943; 1945) 225
The Responsibility of the Professional Person to Society (1957) 227
The Public and Private Results of Collegiate Education in the Life of Negro Americans (1967) 233
Excerpt from The Luminous Darkness (1965) 240
Whitney Young: What Can I Do? (1971) 259
American in Search of a Soul (1976) 265
The Search in Identity (1971) 273
Sect. IV Meditations for "Apostles of Sensitiveness" 295
Saddle Your Dreams 297
The Narrow Ridge 298
Contradictions Not Final 299
Keep Open the Door of Thy Heart 300
On Viewing the Coast of Africa 301
Meaning Is Inherent in Life 302
The Horns of the Wild Oxen 303
Keep Alive the Dream in the Heart 304
The Growing Edge 305
How Good to Center Down! 305
Let Us Remember the Children 306
A Prayer for Peace 307
I Will Not Give Up 308
Give Me the Listening Ear 309
The Kingdom of Values 310
Notes 313
Acknowledgments 331
Index 333
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