Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr.

Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr.


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MLK and the Practice of Spirituality

The scholarship on Martin Luther King Jr. is seriously lacking in terms of richly nuanced and revelatory treatments of his spirituality and spiritual life. This book addresses this neglect by focusing on King's life as a paradigm of a deep, vital, engaging, balanced, and contagious spirituality. It shows that the essence of the person King was lies in the quality of his own spiritual journey and how that translated into not only a personal devotional life of prayer, meditation, and fasting but also a public ministry that involved the uplift and empowerment of humanity. Much attention is devoted to King's spiritual leadership, to his sense of the civil rights movement as "a spiritual movement," and to his efforts to rescue humanity from what he termed a perpetual "death of the spirit." Readers encounter a figure who took seriously the personal, interpersonal, and sociopolitical aspects of the Christian faith, thereby figuring prominently in recasting the very definition of spirituality in his time. King's "holistic spirituality" is presented here with a clarity and power fresh for our own generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506424705
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 1,279,276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Lewis V. Baldwin is emeritus professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. His works include, from Fortress Press, There Is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1991); To Make the Wounded Whole: The Cultural Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1992); and Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2010).Victor Anderson is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is also the Associate Professor of African American Studies and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.Diana L. Hayes is professor emerita of systematic theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She earned the JD degree from George Washington National Law Center, her STB and STL degrees from the Catholic University of America, and a PhD in religious studies from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Among her many books are And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology (1996) and Were You There? Stations of the Cross (2000).Walter Earl Fluker is Executive Director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Atlanta; the Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies there; and editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project.Beverly Lanzetta is Research Associate at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, at the University of Arizona Tucson. She is the author of Emerging Heart (2007, 978-0-8006- 3893-1) and Radical Wisdom (2005, 978-0-8006-3698-2).

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephanie Y. Mitchem
Introduction Lewis V. Baldwin and Victor Anderson
Chapter 1: Blessed Assurance: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Consolation Of the Soul, Victor Anderson
Chapter 2: A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American Religious and Spiritual Traditions, Diana L. Hayes
Chapter 3: The Promptings of Some Beneficent Force: Dimensions of the "Spiritual" in the Life and Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., Victor Anderson and Lewis V. Baldwin
Chapter 4: The Manifestations of an Immanent God: The Holy Spirit in the Theology of Martin Luther king, Jr., Aaron J. Howard
Chapter 5: Cosmic Companionship: Martin Luther King, Jr.Âs Lived Theology, Stewart Burns
Chapter 6: The Attuning of the Spirit: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Circle of Prayer, Lewis V. Baldwin
Chapter 7: To Tell the Truth: Martin Luther King, Jr.Âs Preaching and Spirituality, Mervyn A. Warren
Chapter 8: A "Spirituality of Improvisation": Martin Luther King, Jr.Âs "I Have a DreamÄ in Rearticulating American National Identity, Nichole R. Phillips
Chapter 9: Transformed Nonconformity: Martin Luther King, Jr. on Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership, Walter Earl Fluker
Chapter 10: The Heart of a World Citizen: Martin Luther King, Jr. as Social Mystic, Beverly J. Lanzetta
Chapter 11: A New Spirit Among Us?: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Spiritual Non-Conformity of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Michael Brandon McCormack
Afterword Barbara A. Holmes

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