The Preacher King

The Preacher King : Martin Luther King Jr.and the Word That Moved America

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Today it seems extraordinary that a nation the size of the United States could have been so profoundly affected by the minister of a little Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama. But at a turning point in American history, Martin Luther King, Jr., had an incalculable effect on the fabric of daily life and the laws of the nation. As no other preacher in living memory and no politician since Lincoln, he transposed the themes of love, suffering, deliverance, and justice from the sacred shelter of the pulpit into the arena of public policy. He was the last great religious reformer in America. How the man who always saw himself as "fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher" crafted his strategic vision and moved a nation to renewal is the subject of this remarkable new book.show more

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  • Hardback | 358 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195087798
  • 9780195087796

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"This helpful book adds a new dimension to our understanding of Martin Luther King Jr."--Choice"An excellent study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s rhetoric."--American Heritage"A thorough, textured analysis of the sources and strategies of Martin Luther King's preaching and rhetoric."--Kirkus Reviews"With The Preacher King, Richard Lischer has made all who love liberty and its language his debtors. Lischer has captured the spirit of Martin Luther King out of which came an oratory blazing in intensity and clothed in a logic so compelling that it left a nation 'defenseless utterly'."--Gardner Taylor, Pastor Emeritus, The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, and author of Chariots Aflame"This careful, illuminating study shows how King transposed the Judeo-Christian themes of love, suffering, deliverance, and justice into the civil rights arena."--Publishers Weekly"Lischer's analysis is sparkling and addresses not only King's sermons but also preaching history."--Booklist "This helpful book adds a new dimension to our understanding of Martin Luther King Jr."--Choice "An excellent study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s rhetoric."--American Heritage "A thorough, textured analysis of the sources and strategies of Martin Luther King's preaching and rhetoric."--Kirkus Reviews "With The Preacher King, Richard Lischer has made all who love liberty and its language his debtors. Lischer has captured the spirit of Martin Luther King out of which came an oratory blazing in intensity and clothed in a logic so compelling that it left a nation 'defenseless utterly'."--Gardner Taylor, Pastor Emeritus, The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, and author of Chariots Aflame "This careful, illuminating study shows how King transposed the Judeo-Christian themes of love, suffering, deliverance, and justice into the civil rights arena."--Publishers Weekly "Lischer's analysis is sparkling and addresses not only King's sermons but also preaching history."--Booklist "This helpful book adds a new dimension to our understanding of Martin Luther King Jr."--Choice "An excellent study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s rhetoric."--American Heritage "A thorough, textured analysis of the sources and strategies of Martin Luther King's preaching and rhetoric."--Kirkus Reviews "With The Preacher King, Richard Lischer has made all who love liberty and its language his debtors. Lischer has captured the spirit of Martin Luther King out of which came an oratory blazing in intensity and clothed in a logic so compelling that it left a nation 'defenseless utterly'."--Gardner Taylor, Pastor Emeritus, The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, and author of Chariots Aflame "This careful, illuminating study shows how King transposed the Judeo-Christian themes of love, suffering, deliverance, and justice into the civil rights arena."--Publishers Weekly "Lischer's analysis is sparkling and addresses not only King's sermons but also preaching history."--Booklist "This helpful book adds a new dimension to our understanding of Martin Luther King Jr."--Choice"An excellent study of Martin Luther King Jr.'s rhetoric."--American Heritage"A thorough, textured analysis of the sources and strategies of Martin Luther King's preaching and rhetoric."--Kirkus Reviews"With The Preacher King, Richard Lischer has made all who love liberty and its language his debtors. Lischer has captured the spirit of Martin Luther King out of which came an oratory blazing in intensity and clothed in a logic so compelling that it left a nation 'defenseless utterly'."--GardnerTaylor, Pastor Emeritus, The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, and author of Chariots Aflame"This careful, illuminating study shows how King transposed the Judeo-Christian themes of love, suffering, deliverance, and justice into the civil rights arena."--Publishers Weekly"Lischer's analysis is sparkling and addresses not only King's sermons but also preaching history."--Booklistshow more

About Richard Lischer

About the Author: Richard Lischer is Professor of Homiletics, the Divinity School, Duke University. He is the author of Theories of Preaching and co-editor of the Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching.show more

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