The Measure of a Man
Pickle Partners Publishing, 2017 M04 7 - 20 pages
First published in 1959, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism. Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive.
“AT THE first National Conference on Christian Education of the United Church of Christ, held at Purdue University in the summer of 1958, Martin Luther King presented two notable devotional addresses. Moved by the dear and persuasive quality of his words, many of the 3000 delegates to the conference urged that the meditations be made available in book form. They wanted the book for their own libraries and they were eager to share Dr. King’s vital messages with fellow Christians of other denominations.
“In the resolute struggle of American Negroes to achieve complete acceptance as citizens and neighbors the author is recognized as a leader of extraordinary resourcefulness, valor, and skill. His concern for justice and brotherhood and the nonviolent methods that he advocated and uses, are based on a serious commitment to the Christian faith.
“As his meditations in this book suggest, Dr. King regards meditation and action as indivisible functions of the religious life. When we think seriously in the presence of the Most High, when in sincerity we “go up to the mountain of the Lord,” the sure event is that “he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths” (Isaiah 2: 3).”
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... be a little more realistic about man. They would avoid the extremes of a pessimistic naturalism and an optimistic humanism and seek to combine the truths of both. They see within man a strange dualism, something of a dichotomy.
It is this realistic position that I would like to use as a basis of our thinking together and our meditation on the question, “What is man?” Now let us notice first that man is a biological being with a physical body.
... we must never stop here if our doctrine of man is to be realistic and thoroughly Christian. Some people stop here. They are the naturalists or the materialists; they are the Marxists; and they would see man merely as an animal.
There is another principle that must go in any doctrine of man that is realistic. It is the recognition that man is a sinner. Man is a free being made in the image of God. He is different from lower animals. He is not guided merely by ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - deusvitae - LibraryThing
A collection of the written manuscripts of two of MLK's sermons/exhortations on the measure and nature of a man. In the first King explores what makes humanity human. It is profoundly shaped by ... Read full review
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Two sermons together on what it is to be a man. Simple and straightforward. Truth that we need reminded of on a daily basis. Read full review