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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But more than that, Thurman writes such depth into these pages that I found myself re-reading and underlining many passages, also considering some of their many implications.

Armed resistance is apt to be a tragic last resort in the life of the disinherited. It was not because he lacked the incentive. How did he spell it out?

He was a Yhurman and had to bear on his shoulders the full weight of that responsibility. There is a conspiracy of silence about hatred, its function and its meaning. Hatred does not jeus de In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman —81 demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Later this prose poem xvas published as a part of a volume of poetic meditations under the title The Greatest of These.

A Short Review of Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited – Neil Shenvi – Apologetics

Only through self-love and love of one another can God’s justice prevail. No trivia or quizzes yet. Only through self-love and love of one another can God’s justice prevail. Let me illustrate this. Hatred cannot be defined. Often there are but thin lines between bitterness, hatred, self- realization, defiance, and righteous indignation. Jesus’ love was not wimpy. I could always hear liim coming, giving a quick, sharp yelp in front of certain yards along the way.


Jesus and the Disinherited

Should he deny himself merely because he was more fortunate than his fellows? From my understanding, these words of Thurman’s were among those which inspired the leadership and life of Martin Luther King Jr. It is never to be forgotten that one of the ways by which men measure their own significance is to be found in the amount of power and energy other men must use in order to crush them or hold them back.

If the position of ascendancy is not acknowledged tacitly and actively by those over whom the ascendancy is exercised, then it falls flat. At breakfast I found my tongue and my dignity, and the basis of equality between us was at once restored. Shakespeare has immortalized this aspect of character in his drama of Macbeth.

With a feeling of great temerity I asked her one day why it was that she would not let me read any of the Pauline letters. A whole group may be regarded as an exception, and thus one is relieved of any necessity to regard them as human beings.

Here you are in my country, standing deep within the Christian faith and tra- dition. While he was talking, I chuckled; for, as I looked at him, I saw a man about 5 feet 4 inches in height who weighed pounds. Even in such a circumstance it is not the fear of death that is most often at work; it is the deep humiliation arising from dying without benefit of cause or purpose.

My initial response to reading this book was to resist. They did not count; there was no center of hope for their marginal egos. A Dream or a Nightmare. Trivia About Jesus and the Dis Sep 24, Juanita rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman. The attitude of respect for personality presupposes that all the individuals involved are within what may be called the ethical field.

Throughout the book, Jesus is presented as a wise, loving sage, but never as a divine figure who made any kind of Messianic claims, as the historical Jesus did. But is sincerity a mechanism of defense against the strong? But then his reflections can apply to any disinherited group in any society.


Just before he left, a final caution was given about snakes. In the first place, hatred often begins in a situation in which there is contact without fellowship, contact that is devoid of any of the primary overtures of warmth and fellow-feeling and genuineness.

True, it begins by exercising specific discrimination. To the morally sensitive person the whole business is sordid and degrading.

A Short Review of Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited

If they listen to your requests and grant them, you will be satisfied. A word of caution is urgent at this point.

Which leads to deception to avoid violence, which eventually boils down into hatred of those who oppress us.

It provides a much needed prescription for the ways that the Bible and Jesus have been used by the A part of the responsibility seems to me to rest upon a disingerited twist in the psychology of Paul, whose wide and universal con- cern certainly included all men, bond and free.

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Other than the fact that segregation is no longer lawful and Jim Crow laws are not in place, not much has changed. Is it because they are weak and must build their strength by feeding upon the misery of their fellows?

If I were to project a simple diagram of hatred, revealing the anatomy of its development, the idea would break down as follows.