Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Boundaries of Law, Politics, and Religion

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An outgrowth of the 1998 American Academy of Religion meeting, the five essays in this book explore how civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. articulated and embodied a role for religion and morality in democratic politics and lawmaking, uniting moral and religious convictions with political activity. Baldwin (religious studies, Vanderbilt) offers three of the essays, Burrow Jr. (social ethics, Christian Theological Seminary) another, and Barbara A. Holmes (ethics, Memphis Theological Seminary) and her sister, Washington, DC, Superior Court judge Susan Holmes Winfield offer the other. Together, the pieces connect King's strong belief in the moral foundations of the universe and in objective moral law to his critique of America's legal structures, American society at large, and the moral responsibility of the Christian in an unjust state. Fresh and provocative, these essays demonstrate that despite the outpouring of print on King, surprising, unplumbed dimensions remain to be explored. Essential for King scholars and for collections on religious studies, civil rights, or the moral politics of contemporary America. Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268033552
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 766,463
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 To Witness in Dixie: King, the New South, and Southern Civil Religion 1
2 On the Relational of the Christian to the State: The Development of a Kingian Ethic 77
3 American Political Traditions and the Christian Faith: King's Thought and Praxis 125
4 King, the Constitution, and the Courts: Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution 173
5 Personalism, the Objective Moral Order, and Moral Law in the Work of Martin Luther King, Jr. 213
6 Beyond National Borders: King, the United Nations, and Global Politics 253
Epilogue 303
Contributors 307
Index 309
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