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Howard Thurman (1899–1981)

Autor/a de Jesus and the Disinherited

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Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was an African American theologian, pastor, and civil rights leader. He served as the dean of the chapel at both Howard and Boston universities and was a founder and co-pastor of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California. Thurman's many mostra'n més books include Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) and Disciplines of the Spirit (1963). mostra'n menys


Obres de Howard Thurman

Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) 917 exemplars
Meditations of the Heart (1953) 267 exemplars
Disciplines of the Spirit (1963) 183 exemplars
The Inward Journey (1961) 171 exemplars
Deep Is the Hunger (1951) 132 exemplars
The Creative Encounter (1954) 87 exemplars
The Luminous Darkness (1965) 82 exemplars
A Strange Freedom (1998) 81 exemplars
The mood of Christmas (1973) 75 exemplars
The Centering Moment (1969) 63 exemplars
The Growing Edge (1956) 56 exemplars
Temptations of Jesus (1978) 29 exemplars
Sermons on the Parables (2018) 6 exemplars
The Great Incarnate Words (1972) 2 exemplars
Jesus Prays 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars


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Thurman, Howard
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Howard Thurman National Memorial, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Lloc de naixement
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Llocs de residència
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Oberlin, Ohio, USA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Rochester Theological Seminary (divinity degree)
Morehouse College (B.A., 1923)
Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (B.D., 1926)
Oberlin School of Theology (postgraduate study, 1926-27)
Haverford College(postgraduate study , 1929)
university professor
Howard Thurman Educational Trust
Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples (founder)
Morehouse and Spelman Colleges
Rankin Chapel, Howard University (dean)
Marsh Chapel, Boston University (dean)
Premis i honors
Honorary Doctorate (Morehouse College, 1935)
Honorary Doctorate (Colgate-Rochester School of Divinity, 1935)
Honorary Doctorate (Wesleyan University, 1946)
Honorary Doctorate (Howard University, 1955)
Honorary Doctorate (Oberlin College, 1958)
Honorary Doctorate (Ohio Wesleyan University, 1954) (mostra-les totes 7)
Honorary Doctorate (Tuskegee Institute, 1956)
Biografia breu
Howard Thurman (1900–1981), dean of Marsh Chapel from 1953 to 1965, considered one of the 12 greatest preachers in the United States according to the April 1953 issue of Life magazine, was best known for his passionate pulpit style. Thurman not only was the first African-American dean of the chapel at a major white institution of higher learning, but also was among the first to conduct Christian chapel services in a nontraditional way, drawing from such eastern religious faiths as Buddhism and Hinduism. Thurman's life and thought are reflected at Boston University in the Howard Thurman Center, which is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center, and in the Howard Thurman Listening Room, located in the basement of Marsh Chapel.



In this book, Dr. Thurman describes what it is like to be a Negro living today [1965] in the "land of the free and the home of the brave." . . . He says, "There is no waking moment or sleeping interval when one may expect respite from the desolation and despair of segregation." . . . The Luminous Darkness is not a commentary on the social revolution taking place in America today [1965]. Rather it is a statement of what segregation does to the human spirit. Dr. Thurman writes calmly and with compassion about how deeply all Americans -- of whatever color -- are caught in the web of the segregation problem.… (més)
PendleHillLibrary | May 5, 2024 |
Summary: Explores the significance of Jesus for the disenfranchised, the discriminated against, and those marginalized by various forms of injustice and equity.

It is said that this text was an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr. in the days leading up to it In just over 100 pages one of the great preachers of the twentieth century lays out the significance of Jesus for the disinherited, those who have suffered disadvantages due to discrimination, injustice, and race hatred. Thurman’s felt this rarely addressed and argues that this is not a flaw in Christianity but rather a failure to understand the person, the mission, and the message of Jesus

Thurman begins with consideration of Jesus as a Jew, shaped by the history of this people, by the poverty of his own background, and subject to the overlordship of Rome. He speaks as part of a disinherited people and addresses the question of how a people survives when resistance is futile, when there is no assurance of protection from authority. His answer is the “kingdom within” and the consequences he frames as follows:

“You must abandon your fear of each other and fear God only. You must not indulge in deception and dishonesty, even to save your lives. your word must be Yea–Nay; anything else is evil. Hatred is destructive to hated and hater alike. Love your enemy, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven” (pp. 24-25).

This outlines the program for the remainder of the book with successive chapters on fear, deception, hate, and love.

He describes fear as “one of the persistent hounds of hell that dog the steps of the poor, the dispossessed, the disinherited”–not the least the fear of violence that could be inflicted at any time. When a traffic stop or even a no-knock home invasion on a sleeping couple can result in death, Thurman’s statement is no exaggeration. He then turns to the teaching of Jesus and how he addresses similar fears of those under Roman occupation. He reminds them of God’s care that stems from their value before God, a powerful word for the downtrodden. When one is free of the fear of human beings that allows a new appraisal of one’s enemies, one that refuses to surrender one’s integrity to their supposed greatness. It all rests on the awareness that, before God, enemies can even take life but they can’t take away God’s eternal care.

Thurman addresses the deceptions the weak use to protect themselves from the strong and how it creates an expectation of honesty corrosive at once of relationships and of one’s personal integrity, where one does not merely tell lies but becomes the lie. Thurman, pointing to examples from Gandhi to Jesus, calls for “devastating sincerity.” Let your “yes” be “yes.” Sincerity destroys hypocrisy but may not defend against the strong. Rather, “in the presence of an overwhelming sincerity on the part of the disinherited, the dominant themselves are caught with no defense, with the edge taken away from their prerogative, and from the status upon which the impregnability of their position rests.”

Hate is also a pervasive reality for the disinherited, both being hated and hating. But hate cannot be engaged without understanding its nature. It is relationships devoid of fellowship. It is understanding without sympathy. It is expressed in ill will, resulting in humans who become “hatred walking on earth.” In the end, hatred destroys the hater. In the end, hate kills and is antithetical to the life Jesus gives. To hate is to deny the life of Jesus in us.

Instead, the call of Jesus is utterly clear–the love of God and neighbor, with no escape clauses. It is loved of groups we are inclined to despise–like Samaritans. It is personal enemies with whom we are even to interrupt the act of worship to reconcile. It is loving those who shame and humiliate us, like the tax collector. It is to love the alien empire. Thurman argues that this cannot occur while segregation remains in force and emphasizes the challenge of segregation in the church that prevents people who believe in the same God from seeing the humanity in each other.

Thurman contends that when the disinherited, as well as those with privilege, turn from fear, deception and hate to love and forgive:

“The disinherited will know for themselves that there is a Spirit at work in life and in the hearts of men which is committed to overcoming the world. It is universal, knowing no age, no race, no culture, and no condition of men. For the privileged and the underprivileged alike, if the individual puts at the disposal of the Spirit the needful dedication and discipline, he can live effectively in the chaos of the presence the high destiny of a son of God” (pp. 98-99).

One sees so many elements of King’s message and practice in this work. But it also calls the question, do we really believe these things of Jesus, a life so counter-cultural? Or in our quest for political power have we forfeited the spiritual power of which Thurman testifies?
… (més)
BobonBooks | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Mar 21, 2024 |
The radical tension between good and evil, as men sees it and feels it, does not have the last word about the meaning of life and the nature of existence. There is a spirit in man and in the world working always against the thing that destroys and lays waste.
PendleHillLibrary | Feb 9, 2024 |
A series of meditations offered by Howard Thurman when he was dean of the Marsh Chapel at Boston University, and part of three-part series, Deep Is the Hunger.
PendleHillLibrary | Nov 3, 2023 |


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