This is a transformative book. I found myself looking at the words "Jesus", "and", "the", and "Disinherited" in fresh interiorized ways. Yes, the conjunctions - the way we are joined. And the articles
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman ,. Vincent Harding Foreword. In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman —81 demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised.
Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Hatred does not empower—it de In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman —81 demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Hatred does not empower—it decays. Only through self-love and love of one another can God's justice prevail.
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May 04, Matthew Monk rated it it was amazing. Matthew Monk Whether you consider yourself "religious" or not, this book will appeal to you, precisely because this is exactly the theme of Thurman's treatise. By detailing religion as a symptom to the root cause of greater problems, Thurman recontextualizes Jesus, taking Him out of the mandated religions that have been created in His name, and placing Him in the historical context of His day and age.
In the first section, "Jesus, and Interpretation", Thurman frames his argument on the facts tha Matthew Monk Whether you consider yourself "religious" or not, this book will appeal to you, precisely because this is exactly the theme of Thurman's treatise. In the first section, "Jesus, and Interpretation", Thurman frames his argument on the facts that Jesus was a poor Jew, living under Roman rule, none of which provided Him any advantage towards becoming a worldwide spiritual phenomenon.
Thurman then uses Jesus' historical context and relates it to the hardships encountered by African-Americans in the pre-civil rights era, emphasizing how Jesus' teaching can form practical solutions to overcoming the "three hounds of Hell" which he names, "fear, deception and hate.
Although many may be hesitant to read such a work based upon the title, Thurman's work is more of a philosophical and mystical treatise than a proselytizing harangue, as are most contemporary religious works. Thurman's words flow like water, and move in cadence to the human mind, moving from subject to subject with an unannounced ease.
Although Thurman's intended audience was aimed at the disenfranchised of the pre-civil rights movement, his ideas transcend this historical niche and provide a stark and radical reality for the disenfranchised the world over, especially during our current moment in history where the beast of imperialism is running rampant to consume everything in its wake. Bottom line: Read this book. Buy it. Check it out.
Steal it. Just read it. View 1 comment. Jan 02, Deidra rated it it was amazing. I return to this book again and again. Nearly every word is highlighted or underlined. Whenever people ask me, "What should I read? Written decades ago, it remains a timeless classic for anyone trying to figure out how to love people on the margins, the people who thrive on the systems that create the margins, and everyone in between. Mar 21, Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it.
MLK traveled with this book in his bag; that may not be enough to recommend it, but it says much—King traveled light. He was a poet, a mystic, a chaplain at Howard and BU and fellow traveler of Gandhian pacificism.
In India, Thurman was challenged: how can blacks still abide by the religion of their oppressors? Though nur MLK traveled with this book in his bag; that may not be enough to recommend it, but it says much—King traveled light. Apr 29, Demetri Broxton-Santiago rated it it was amazing. This book is awesome! I learned about it from a video in the Freedom Theater at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco-- there is a cameo appearance in the film by Senator Barack Obama Note that the film was produced in before the election announcement by Obama.
It is said that Dr. MLK, Jr. Many folks don't know who this great man was, and that's why you should read this amazing work by a peaceful ge This book is awesome! Many folks don't know who this great man was, and that's why you should read this amazing work by a peaceful genius. Thurman was Dr. King's spiritual advisor, who turned King onto the teachings of Ghandi. Before Dr. King knew of Ghandi, Dr. Thurman was in India, learning from the man himself! Don't let the title fool you.
Thurman speaks of Jesus as a man-- of flesh and blood. He analyzes the historical and political atmosphere of Jesus' time and relates it to America and the plight of Negroes -- keep in mind this work was published in , but it's incredibly relevant to today. Howard Thurman references the ghetto and how people on the periphery of society, the Disinherited, are constantly standing with their backs up against the wall.
This man is genius, because he says that people who are trapped with their backs up against the wall should use the teachings of Jesus to elevate their situation. Note, that I am not a Christian. It's the way that he breaks the whole story down and makes it real that is relevant and inspiring.
Here's an excerpt, pg. We are dealing here with conditions that produce essentially the same psychology. There is meant no further comparison.
It is the similarity of a social climate at the point of a denial of full citizenship which creates the problem for creative survival. For the most part, Negroes assume that there are no basic citizenship rights, no fundamental protection, guaranteed to them by the state, because their status as citizens has never been clearly defined. There has been for them little protection from the dominant controllers of society and even less protection from the unrestrained elements within their own group Feb 26, Nancy DeValve rated it it was amazing Shelves: race-relations , racial-discrimination.
I picked this book up for free off a book table at a church we visited. I wasn't sure what the book was about or who Howard Thurman was, but I thought I'd give it a try. After all, the book had been free! By the second page I realized I was going to need to grab a pencil to do some serious underlining.
The first thing I underlined was, "[This] reveals to what extent a religion that was born of a people acquainted with persecution and suffering has become the cornerstone of a civilization and of I picked this book up for free off a book table at a church we visited.
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Howard Thurman: Jesus and the Disinherited
During the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The author of the book was Howard Thurman, a theologian, pastor and professor, who, by some accounts, would become a mentor to several leaders of the non-violent civil rights movement. Inspired by the Gospels, Jesus and the Disinherited offers four basic principles to the marginalized and underprivileged, to prevail in their struggle against injustice and oppression, to realize their rightful place as full human beings with rights endowed not by man but by God.
Jesus and the Disinherited (Print Book)
In essence he was surveying the world of the oppressed and asking how it might be possible for human beings to endure the terrible pressures of the dominating world without losing their humanity, without forfeiting their souls. A profound piece of surgery has to take place in the very psyche of the disinherited before the great claim of the religion of Jesus can be presented. The great stretches of barren places in the soul must be revitalized, brought to life, before they can be challenged. This is the question which individuals and groups who live in our land always under the threat of profound social and psychological displacement face: Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically, and therefore effectively, with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion and national origin? Is this impotency due to a betrayal of the genius of the religion, or is it due to a basic weakness in the religion itself? The question is searching, for the dramatic demonstration of the impotency of Christianity in dealing with the issue is underscored by its apparent inability to cope with it within its own fellowship.
Jesus and the Disinherited
In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Hatred does not empower—it decays. Jesus—An Interpretation II. Fear III. Deception IV. Hate V.