American Dream 2.0: A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession

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The promise of America has always been creative potential: enterprise, industry, optimism, idealism, and hope. This promise, known since the beginning of the New World and named since the Great Depression as the ?American Dream?, is what makes immigrants cry at the base of the Statue of Liberty. But there is a dark side to the American Dream, too?one that we don?t talk about much in polite company. A side characterized by the exploitation and domination of subjugated people.

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Overview

The promise of America has always been creative potential: enterprise, industry, optimism, idealism, and hope. This promise, known since the beginning of the New World and named since the Great Depression as the “American Dream”, is what makes immigrants cry at the base of the Statue of Liberty. But there is a dark side to the American Dream, too—one that we don’t talk about much in polite company. A side characterized by the exploitation and domination of subjugated people.

The national climate has caused many to question the validity of the American Dream, and whether it even offers a viable vision for the nation. There are few greater questions to ask. Our collective future depends on a common vision. If the American Dream is dead, then what happens next?

This book evaluates the American Dream, establishes its roots, gives reasons for its decline, and offers solutions to reclaim the promise of the American Dream that is more aligned with Jesus’ vision of the kingdom of God and Martin Luther King Jr’ s vision of the “Beloved Community”. Our challenge is to develop a redesigned American Dream, a sustainable future for all, free from exploitationand domination of subjugated people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426753909
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 978,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank A. Thomas is a preacher, teacher, scholar, lecturer, author, and coach called to preach and teach nationally and internationally. His life mission is to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in creative and relevant sermonic forms to offer people hope for life (Hebrews 6:19). He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, TN.

Additionally, he hosts 15 Minutes of Faith with Dr. Frank A. Thomas, a weekly inspirational, thought provoking talk radio ministry that speaks to the well-being of body, mind and soul. His most recent book, Preaching With Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present, co-edited by Martha Simmons, was released in 2010. He also published, They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration In Preaching, considered by many to be a preaching method classic.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, D.Min. degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Master of Divinity programs at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and facilitates preaching workshops and leadership development in various settings.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Section 1 The Rise and Fall of the American Dream 1

1 The American Jeremiad and the Cultural Myth of America 3

2 The Cultural Myth of America 15

3 The Fall of the American Dream 27

Section 2 Prophetic Politics and the American Dream 37

4 Prophetic Reformation: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Triumphant March to the American Dream 43

5 Prophetic Transformation: Martin Luther Bang, Jr., and "Beyond Vietnam" 51

6 Prophetic Transformation: Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., and the American Dream 71

7 Barack Obama and the Multicultural American Dream 91

Section 3 The Beloved Community 115

8 The Rise of Capitalist Values 123

9 The Beloved Community 131

10 The Reign of God 149

Epilogue: Encouraging the Citizen-Activist 167

Discussion Guide 171

Notes 201

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