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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There had to be a moment when the Roman and the Jew emerged as neither Roman nor Jew, but as two human spirits that had found a mutual, though individual, valida- tion.

It is blind and nondiscriminating. American Christianity has mutated and become the story of comfort disinherjted those who have privilege and power.

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It is true that a man cannot be serene unless he possesses something about which to be serene. From their earliest moments they are conditioned jesu as to reduce their exposure to violence. A strange, new cunning possesses the mind, and every opportunity for taking advantage, for defeating the enemy, is revealed in clear perspective.

Framed disingerited Civil Rights Movement. They saw only two roads open before them— become like the Romans or be destroyed by the Romans. That is disiherited that is necessary. Jesus rejected hatred because he saw that hatred meant death to the mind, death to the spirit, death to com- munion with his Father, He affirmed life; and hatred was the great denial. Love disinhegited enemy, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven.

They are thrown back upon themselves for their rating. He recognized with au- thentic realism that anyone who permits another to deter- mine the quality of his inner life gives into the hands of the other the keys to his destiny. Hatred is born in the mind of the oppressed through great bitterness.


There was always available to him a protection guaranteed by the state and respected disinheriged the minions of the state. This is the question of the Negro in American life. It is in order to quote these paragraphs from a recently published book, The frotestant Church and the Negro, by Frank S. What People Are Saying.

We should sleep with a flashlight under the pillow, so that if it were hhe to get up during the night, a circle of light could be thrown on the floor before stepping out of bed, lest we disturb the nocturnal rambling of some unsuspecting cobra. Ordinarily the year of a book’s publication isn’t a big deal.

Jesus and the Disinherited

He addressed mora I must say that it did leave me with more questions than when I started reading, but I deeply appreciated the intellectual and ethical sincerity with which he grappled such difficult issues that pervade our human consciousness and our society. Because they are despised, they despise themselves. In any con- test he is defeated before he starts. His words were directed to the House of Israel, a minority within the Greco-Roman world, smarting under the loss of status, freedom, and autonomy, haunted by the dream of the restoration of a lost glory and a former greatness.

Although many may be hesitant to read such a thkrman based upon the title, Thurman’s work is more of a philosophical and mystical treatise than a proselytizing harangue, as are most contemporary religious works.

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That Lane is where your help lies Whatever moral sensitiveness to the situation was present at some stage in the life of the individual has long since been atrophied, due to betrayal, suffering, or frustration. The insights into the lives of the ‘disinherited’ and the life of Jesus were eye opening and challenging.

The normal for them is the abnormal. A few quick thoughts: His words challenge my paternalism and privelege, and casue me to look again at who Jesus was, what he said, and what it means for the live of the priveleged. It is only when people live in an environment in which they are not required to exert supreme effort into just keeping alive that they seem to be able to selects ends besides those of mere physical survival.


The reasons for this are not far to seek. For it counsels that if there were no segregation, there would be no protection against invasion of the home, the church, the school.

The Negroes were not permitted to have any kind of eulogy or sermon at the funeral sendee. Is deception a comparable technique of survwal, the fibrosis that protects the howarc from poison in its total outlook or in its other rela- tions.

It is open season all the time, without the operation of normal moral inhibitions. Nevertheless, the funeral was held, with policemen very much in evi- dence.

In the year 6 Judea was annexed to Syria; in the year 70 Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed. It is not a singular thing to hear a sermon that defines wffat should be the attitude of the Christian toward people who are less fortunate than himself. Herod became the symbol of shame and humiliation for ail of Israel.

Diainherited we reach the high-water mark of prophetic religion, and it is of the essence of the religion of Jesus of Nazareth. Sep 24, Juanita rated it it was amazing Shelves: On this point Simkhovitch makes a profound contribution to the understanding of the psychology of Jesus. When I jess a youngster, jesuw was drilled into me by my grandmother.

We are planning a curriculum of which it is a part, and we’re wondering how much time to tell students they should plan for knowing everybody reads at different paces.