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Liberating Visions

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The four men spotlighted in this book, together with other black religious and political leaders and communities, have developed distinctive and significant traditions of moral thinking and social criticism. . Although the principal concern of these thinkers was social justice entailing significant institutional transformations in American society, they were also attentive to the substantive content and formal character of the authentically free life and moral person. Indeed, most of them realized that authentic liberation required personal as well as social transformation. . Despite the significance and diversity of perspective in black theology, however, much of it does not adequately attend to the host of issues related to personal identity, wholeness, and fulfillment. ... This general inattention to the personal dimension of the liberation enterprise has important consequences. Failure to understand the person-centered dimension of a broader, inclusive societal transformation can lead to a disturbing paradox: an optimism concerning the future of society existing alongside personal and familial disintegration, despair and frustration. . Our method for. correcting the perspectival imbalance in black theology is to identify the finest and most-trusted resources and reflections on personal wholeness in the modern black community and to present them for revision, reconsideration, and possible reappropriation. . In this book, I examine visions of human fulfillment and of the just society as presented by Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), Malcolm X (1925-1965), and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). . As I examined the ranks of post-Reconstruction African American leaders, I did so with an eye for those whose intellectual and political influence upon past and present Americans could be characterized as monumental.

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'This book not only introduces a new voice in African-American scholarship. It also sets forth the basic elements for significant interdisciplinary dialogue among moral-development theorists, Christian social ethicists, and moral philosophers.' - from praise from Peter J. Paris, Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-169) and index.

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9780800623920
Author:
Franklin, Robert Michael
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress Publishing
Location:
Minneapolis, MN :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Afro-americans
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Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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African American Studies
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
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Social ethics
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Self-realization
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Social justice
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African Americans
Subject:
Washington, Booker T.
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Sociology of Religion x
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Series Volume:
al-juz® 1
Publication Date:
19890131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
8.46x5.45x.56 in. .61 lbs.

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