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We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Communal-Political Spirituality

We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Communal-Political Spirituality

by Hak Joon Lee, Peter J. Paris

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In We Will Get to the Promised Land, Lee explores the entire scope of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s spirituality, tracing its roots to African communal religious traditions and African Americans' fight for racial justice. He presents communal-political spirituality as constituting the heart of King's multifaceted spirituality. Lee reinterprets King's personal journey, theology, and ethics, as well as the Civil Rights Movement, in light of this communal-political spirituality, while assessing its ongoing importance for the common life in the twenty-first century, with particular attention to the war on terror and interreligious ecumenism.

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ISBN-13: 9781725238497
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Hak Joon Lee is the Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. His research focuses on covenant, public theology, global ethics, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Asian American theology and ethics. Some of his other books include Covenant and Communication: A Christian Moral Conversation with Jurgen Habermas; The Great World House: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Ethics; and Shaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L. Stackhouse. Lee is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and he lives with his wife and two sons in Pasadena, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter J. Paris vii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The African and African American Roots of King's Spirituality 15

Chapter 2 Family, Church, and Schools in the Formation of King's Spirituality 49

Chapter 3 The Communal-Political Nature of King's Spirituality 85

Chapter 4 The Strength of Nonviolence in King's Struggle against Racism, Classism, and Militarism 109

Chapter 5 The Shared Communal Spirituality of King and Desmond Tutu 138

Chapter 6 The Contemporary Relevance of King's Spirituality for Religious Terrorism and the U.S. War on Terror 158

Chapter 7 The Ecumenical Spirituality of King and the Dalai Lama 178

Conclusion Contribution and Legacy 196

Bibliography 209

Acknowledgments 219

Index 221

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