Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The prayer that lifted Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Lewis V. Baldwin is associate professor in religious studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Based on years of original research, Never to Leave Us Alone is the first book-length treatment of the prayer life of the famed religious and civil rights leader. Drawing on personal prayers that King recited as a seminarian and graduate student, preacher, pastor, and then civil rights leader, award-winning historian Lewis Baldwin explains how King turned to both private prayer and meditation for his own spiritual fulfillment, and to public prayer as part of his discourse, as an aspect of his pastoral care, and as a way of moving, inspiring, and reaffirming people in the context of a crusade for equal rights, social justice, and peace.

The sources of Martin Luther King Jr. Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.

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Drawing on personal prayers that Martin Luther King Jr. recited as a seminarian and graduate student, preacher, pastor, and then civil rights leader, award-winning historian Lewis Baldwin shows how King. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Baldwin's work will remain the most definitive about the man and his mission. In this work, Baldwin discovers the mystique of Martin.

Baldwin , Rufus Burrow Jr. Format: Digital. Publisher: Fortress Press. Be the first to rate this. Sale Price. Such a spiritual quest was only natural for one who was the descendant of generations of Baptist male preachers and pious, God-fearing women. Spirituality for King became that path toward a greater sense of being in communion with God and with the whole of creation. The ways in which this spiritual path unfolded over time are richly revealed in the Reverend Dr.

King's sixty-eight prayers, which are brought together in an exciting and provocative book entitled, "Thou, Dear God": Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits. Through a careful reading of this book, one is able to join King in what is unmistakably an interesting and enriching spiritual journey.

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God grant that right here in America and all over this world, we will choose the high way; a way in which men will live together as brothers. A way in which the nations of the world will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. A way in which every man will respect the dignity and worth of all human personality.

A way in which every nation will allow justice to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. It's amazing that MLK made such incredible progress despite being handicapped by the support and guidance of religion. Or are you two considering considering coming over from the Dark Side?

I'm surprised that people who splash around in the shallow end of the religion pool are capable of such deep insight into someone like MLK.

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Or are you just offering obligatory pc praise so you don't look like total fools? Your hubris is Not so your courage. King was a great leader. He helped lead the nation to the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Certainly Lyndon Johnson, a democrat, played a huge role in this also.

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The Bible Belt once again reared its ugly head when it came time to strike done laws forbidding interracial marriage. Most atheists, are today, in favor of giving gay people their civil rights. Once again, the religious are against this. Obama is one of our greatest presidents.

He has endured racist attacks on himself and his family. Racism is alive and well in our country.

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The Republican party are racist. They are for rich, white men. Christians should not vote for them. I don't remember many of your posts, blasting any of my arguments against religion to pieces Are there any? Will I be forced to endure your keen wit and sharp tongue in the future. Will I be forced to climb beneath a rock to avoid your arguments?

Just curious. As for my posting to MLK You even try and take issue with that You're kidding right..? I thought EVEN 'you' wouldn't stoop to such ignorant vitriol and hate. So, again, I have absolute respect and reverance for someone MLK who truly made a difference in the face of hate-mongering bigots like yourself honestanon.

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My post stands King pushed for equality, and stood up against bigotry and intolerance against people such as yourself who bash on 'every muslim' person. By the way, honestanon, do you know where he learned his philosophy and actions from of 'civil disobedience. Don't know He went to visit Gandhi a person of Hinduism , and spent time with him learning the ways of 'peace'. And where did Gandhi learn about this Your kung-fu is stronger, peace2all.

What's your secret? Breathing techniques? Head-against-wall exercises?

It's getting to practice against people like honestanon, who consistently make racist, ignorant posts. As you can see, from my initial positive posting about Rev.

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King, who I have tremendous regard for he personally, and his courage and what he stood for, and This is honestanon's 'modus operandi' Oh, in case you hadn't noticed And, went after Dave, as he has done in the past. Just be on notice I would say. Forgot, my technique I did not feel a need to respond to that post for many reasons, some of which I share with you.

Strangely enough, it didn't strike me as being extremely provocative or anything. I thought it was pretty lame, actually. MLK was just a man, but he did a good thing, an honorable thing, and it took major guts to face what he did. The color of his skin doesn't mean a damn thing — that was his message as far as I'm concerned, and I took it to heart as a small child when someone explained to me what it was all about.

It made sense, what he said. I couldn't figure out why everyone on both sides seemed so excited about it all. The man was just talkin' sense. And no, honestanon, he did not need religion to talk sense, in my opinion. What bothers me is the racism still bubblin' in the "black" communities — or in some of the individuals' hearts, I should say. Just because I'm against the delusions inherent in religious activities, thought, etc. But I've run into people who want to "own" MLK and not let me honor him because I am not "black enough" — what nonsense.

I have more empathy than they think, but you just can't reason with some people. Perhaps reviewing a bit of history would do you some good. The difficulty in getting it passed was thanks to the racist southern Democrats who chaired all the committees in Congress. You might want to check the voting records from Congress Google moment. You might also want to remember that the Republicans wrote the 13th and 14th amendments, and introduced Civil Rights legislation in the 's that was struck down by the Supreme Court.

Much less, the Republicans pushed for such civil rights as women's suffrage Roosevelt and again introduced Civil Rights legislation in the 's under Eisenhower. That's quite a history of progress, especially from a political party you're so ready to belittle as being backwards and bigoted. Not really. The religious in this country, for the most part, fought tooth and nail for abolition, women's rights and so on.

If you're going to paint Christians as bigots because of a few morons in the South, you might want to bring up the vast majority of the ones who fought against them everywhere else in the country. MLK- A man who stood up against the ignorance, bigotry and hatred I like that. Kinda wish I had wrote it, too. Not many of them these days. I've just had a bit of a shock where the Obama Administration is concerned. I may not vote for him again if this vicious continuation of Republican policies keeps going.

Raison, two points: 1 It's all relative. You shouldn't have expected him to dismantle government—there are going to be many policies that are standing US government policies not Republican policies per se but there are nuanced differences that are important in many places. No, I have not forgotten and am not trying to be unrealistic about it.