Jesus and the Disinherited is a book by African-American minister, theologian, and civil rights leader Howard Thurman. In the book, Thurman interprets the. In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman () demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a. Jesus and the Disinherited has ratings and reviews. Matthew said: Matthew Monk Whether you consider yourself religious or not, this book will.

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A Short Review of Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited

He knew that the goals of religion as he understood them could never be worked out within the then-established order. I do not ignore the theo- logical and metaphysical interpretation of the Christian doctrine of salvation. It is not difficult to see how hatred, operating in this fashion, provides for the weak a basis for moral justifica- 84 HATE tion.

His words challenge jesuw paternalism and privelege, and casue me to look again at who Jesus was, what he said, and what it means for the live of the priveleged.

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A type of behavior that, 82 HATE under normal circumstances, would call for self-condemna- tion can very easily, under these special circumstances, be regarded as necessary and therefore defensible.

Note, that I am not a Christian. We drank our coffee in silence. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The anticipation of possible violence makes it very difficult for any escape from the pattern to be effective. He lives constantly under the necessity to have life fulfill itself.

The book is almost 70 years old. It is quite possible for a man to have no sense of personal inferiority as such, but at the howafd time to be dogged by a sense of social inferiority.


Jesus and the Disinherited

To what does such a position lead? One afternoon some seven hundred of us had a special group meeting, at which a Korean girl jfsus asked to talk to us ddisinherited her impression of American education. For Jesus these included the household of Israel, your personal enemies. When we give to the concept a wider application, it is clear that much of modem life is so impersonal nesus there is always opportunity for the seeds of hatred to grow un- molested.

He recognized fully that out of the heart are the issues of life and that no external force, however great and overwhelming, can at long last destroy a people if it does not first win the victory of the spirit against them. Reading this book has nailed it for me.

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman | : Books

In the third place, an unsympathetic understanding tends to express itself in the active functioning of ill will. And here this woman dares to demand that which, in the very nature of the case, she cannot claim as her due. The underprivileged in any society are the victims of a perpetual war of nerves.

The psychological effect on the individual of the con- viction that he is a child of God gives a note of integrity to whatever he does. That it became, through the inten-ening years, a religion of the powerful and the dominant, used sometimes as an instrument of oppression, must not tempt us into believing that it was thus in the mind and life of Jesus.

The disinherited experience the disintegrating effect of contempt in some such fashion as did Goliath. Books by Howard Thurman. Sign hhe with Facebook Sign in options.

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Fears are of many kinds— fear of hte, fear of people, fear of the future, fear of nature, fear of disinhegited unknown, fear of old age, fear of disease, and fear of life itself.

For the privileged and underprivileged alike, if the individual puts at the disposal of the Spirit the needful dedication and discipline, he can live effectively in the chaos of the present the high destiny of a son of God. Jesus called attention to that fact in one of his most revealing utterances. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

He can think of himself w’ith some measure of de- tachment from the shackles of jesud immediate w’orld. Through their environment they are plunged into the midst of overwhelming pressures for which there can be no possible preparation.

A profound piece of surgery has to take place in the very psyche of the disinherited before the great claim of the religion of Jesus can be presented. He senses the confirmation of his roots, and even death becomes a little thing. The third fact is that Jesus was a member of a minority group in the midst of a larger dominant and controlling group. The pattern of deception by which dusinherited weak are deprived of their civic, economic, political, and social rights without its appearing that they are so deprived is a matter of disinhertied and tragic amazement.