The Measure of a Man
Fortress Press, 2001 - 55 pages
Two brief yet powerful meditations from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defining humanity's worth and completion relate to strides toward social justice.
Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.
In supporting reconciliation, Dr. King outlines human worth based on Scripture, encouraging the reader to know each person has worth, rational ability, and an invitation to fellowship with the Creator. In addition, Dr. King explains the three dimensions of life: length, breadth, and height; they must all be present and working harmoniously in order for life to be complete as an individual and as a community. Black and white photos from Dr. King's life along with simple prayers from the reverend round out this short but poignant offering.
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... psalmist looked up and noticed the vastness of the cosmic order . He noticed the infinite expanse of the solar system ; he noticed the beautiful stars ; he gazed at the moon with all its scintillating beauty , and he Isaid in the midst ...
... psalmist says , " Thou hast made him . less than God . " We don't think of God as a being with a body . God is a being of pure spirit , lifted above the categories of time and space ; but man , being less than God , is in time . He is ...
... psalmist means when he says , " Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor . " Man has rational capacity ; man has a mind ; man can reason . This distinguishes him from the lower animals . And so , somehow , man is in nature , and yet ...