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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Even the threat of violence, with the possibility of death that it carries, is recognized for what it is— merely the threat of violence with a death potential.

This was the hardest task, because to tamper with the enemy was to court dis- aster. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Doomed on earth to thurjan fixed and unremitting status of inferiority, of which segregation is symbolic, and at the same time cut off from the hope that the Creator intended it otherwise, those who are thurmam victimized are stripped of all social protection.

My regu- lar chore was to do all of the reading for my grandmother— she could neither read nor write.

Jesus and the Disinherited Quotes

Curious indeed is tlie notion that plays hide-and-seek with human life: It is rooted in a past ex- perience, actual or reported, which tends to guarantee the present reaction of fear. Hatred seems to function as such a guarantee. If he had regarded himself as one who was starting a new religion, a new faith, then it would not have been hard to account for bitter opposition.

A twofold demand was made upon him at all times: Mar 21, Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it. It cannot be denied that too often the weight of the Christian movement has been on the side of the strong and the powerful and against the weak and oppressed— this, despite the gospel.


Fear thus becomes a form of life assurance, making possible the continuation of physical existence with a minimum of active violence.

Feb 27, John Dobbs rated it it was amazing Shelves: When this is accomplished, relaxation takes the place of the churning fear. In the fall of I risinherited serving as chairman of a delega- tion sent on a pilgrimage of friendship from the students of America to the students of India, Burma, and Ceylon.

If there was money for four pairs of shoes and five pairs were needed, it was you who did without shoes. Such is the role disinheriter the threat of violence. I want to believe that Thurman’s words have helped me better grasp what life is like for those “who stand with their backs against the wall” and the options available to them within society.

I was nervous, tended to be inarticulate, generally confused, and ill at ease. Often people assume that they can either resist, like the Zealots, or not resist, like the Pharisees. There must be some understanding of how such people become as they are. It was, at times, hard to read because the truth can oftentimes shine so bright that it blinds. Any slight conflict, any alleged noward sult, any vague whim, any unrelated frustration, may bring down upon the head of the defenseless the full weight of naked physical violence.

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

The second Idnd of enemy comprises those persons who, by their activities, make it difficult for the group to live without shame and humiliation. To see all as Human.

According to my friend, Hitler told them: To love such people re- quires the uprooting of the bitterness of betrayal, the heartiest poison that grows in the human spirit. And why take ye thought for raiment? 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.


But there is a lurking danger in this very em- phasis. May 01, peter rated it it was amazing. Thar is to say, the fact that the lives of the disinherited are lightly held by the dominant group tends to create the same attitude among them toward each other. Jesus demonstrated that the only way to redeem them for the common cause was to penetrate their thick resistance to public opinion and esteem and lay bare the simple heart.

Book Review:Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman – Center for Action and Contemplation

You— you are not slaves. A great and central assurance will cause parents to condition their children to high endeavor and great aspiring, and these in turn will put the child out of the immediate, claw- ing reaches of the tense or the sustained negations of his environment.

Thurman reminds us that “Every man is potentially every other man’s neighbor. If a Roman soldier in some thuramn in Asia Minor was taking advantage of him, he could make an appeal directly to Caesar. The underprivileged may decide disinehrited juggle the various areas of compromise, on the assumption that the moral quality of compromise operates in an ascending- descending scale.

A Short Review of Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited

Musty, and Pauli Murray; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States; Howard Thurman was a man of penetrating foresight and astonishing charisma.

Howard Thurman born in Daytona Beach, Florida – April 10, in Daytona Beach, Florida was an author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. A simple illustration of what I mean is this: