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The Voice of Conscience : The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Paperback)

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"A uniquely complete and brilliantly documented contribution to our understanding of the actual roots of the theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. This work is without parallel for thoroughness and authenticity in its field."---Henry H. Mitchell, author of Black Preaching: The Recovery of a Powerful Art

"I have read many volumes on Martin Luther King, Jr., over the past decade, The Voice of Conscience eclipses them all, Impeccably researched and masterfully written, it propels Lewis V. Baldwin to the rank of top king scholar in the world, king lives in this lively and instructive book."---Rufus Burrow, Jr., author of Martin Luther King Jr. for Armchair Theologians

Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated widely as the quintessential model of Christian activism in his time, but his understanding of and vision for the church has been surprisingly neglected. In this book, Lewis V. Baldwin contends that King was fundamentally a man of the church. Beginning with King's roots in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, Baldwin traces the evolution of King's attitude toward the church through his college, seminary, graduate school, and civil rights years. The emphasis is on King's concept of the church as "the voice of conscience." Baldwin persuasively claims that King challenged the church over the need for a higher spiritual and ethical ideal, and that king's moral leadership and eventual martyrdom did much to reestablish the credibility of the church at a time when some theologians were declaring the death of God. Baldwin critiques the contemporary church on the basis of King's prophetic model, and concludes by insisting that this model, not the entrepreneurial spirituality of contemporary megachurches, embodies the best potential for much-needed church renewal.

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195380309
SKU 213820604
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0195380304
Release Date 9/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0384
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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