Tuesday Mar 14, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King is revered. But is he revered for the right reasons? In this episode we counter the domestication of King as only an advocate of civil rights, and instead encounter him as the prophet and preacher who called America to be born again in costly love toward the racially other. We also survey his range of theological convictions and insights, connecting him with his famous namesake, in pursuit of a Beloved Community for our time.


1. The Essential Martin Luther King Jr.

2. King, A Gift of Love

3. Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain (I listened to this audiobook edition—it's excellent)

4. Carson, Martin's Dream

5. Lischer, The Preacher King

6. West, The Radical King

7. Related episodes: Thurman, Niebuhr

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