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Rel 261/Gregory Race and Christian Ethics “No idea is more fundamental to Americans’ sense of themselves as individuals and as a nation than freedom” (Eric Foner) Civil religion “fuses secular and sacred history and combines Christian themes of deliverance and salvation with political ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality” (Cornel West) “In the quiet recesses of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher” (MLK) "Some extreme Negro leaders are going too far and too fast. Only the supernatural love of God through changed men can solve this burning question.” (Billy Graham, 1960) “Tragically, too often in the past evangelical Christians have turned a blind eye to racism or have been willing to stand aside while others take the lead in racial reconciliation, saying it was not our responsibility. (I admit I share in that blame).” (Billy Graham, 2001) “We too know Jesus…We have had an experience with him, and we believe firmly in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. [But] I can see no conflict between our devotion to Jesus Christ and our present action. In fact I see a necessary relationship. If one is truly devoted to the religion of Jesus he will seek to rid the world of social evils.” (MLK) “The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only with his soul but also his body, not only his spiritual well-being but also his material well-being. A religion that
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course REL 261 taught by Professor Erics.gregory during the Fall '09 term at Princeton.

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MLKHandout09 - Rel 261/Gregory Race and Christian Ethics No...

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