Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Beloved Community

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Beloved Community

Article excerpt

THE BELOVED COMMUNITY. By CHARLES MARSH. Basic. 292 pp. $26.

The subtitle is "How Faith Shapes Social Justice, From the Civil Rights Movement to Today," and the author is director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. He writes that "if you are southerner, white, and Christian-and I am all of those-you owe the credibility of your faith to the courage and conviction of your black brothers and sisters." There is an important sense in which that may be true, but the author, whose rhetoric frequently overwhelms theological reflection, appears to mean that the truth of the Christian gospel is contingent upon its ability to effect, or at least bear witness to, radical social change. In any event, this book is a partial payment of his felt debt to black religion in the South. Like the recent and justly influential A Stone of Hope by David Chappell, The Beloved Community argues that the early civil rights movement, especially under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.