Rufus Burrow, Jr. – Indiana professor of Christian Thought and Professor of Theological Social Ethics and prolific Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholar – has a brand new book published by Fortress Press. Come get a copy at the bookstore!
Fortress Press, 2014
From the back of the book:
In spite of extensive research and publishing on Martin Luther King Jr., insufficient attention has been given to the convergence of ideas and action in his life. In an era where people are often sorted into the categories of “thinker” and “doer,” King stands out – a rare mix of the deeply profound thinker and intellect who put the fruit of that reflection into the service of direct social action.
“Rufus Burrow Jr. offers the most comprehensive and detailed account to date of formal and informal influences on the ethical thought and social actions of Martin Luther King Jr. There is research par excellence in primary sources with substantial footnotes as Dr. Burrow clears up many misconceptions of Dr. King’s thought and meticulously sets forth his own conclusions. I would highly recommend this book for any course on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Ervin Smith, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
“Rufus Burrow has shown that the roots of King’s ideas, nonviolent social protest, and socio-ethical practice are grounded in a family deeply rooted in black southern culture and the black Baptist church. His book convincingly argues that many watered those roots along the way, but those who planted the seeds and did the early nurturing were members of King’s family and educational and faith communities. Burrow takes great care in helping us to see that the social gospel, Christian realist, and social protest influences on King provided the perfect soil for the formal influences of Rauschenbusch, Niebuhr, and Gandhi.” Reginald C. Holmes, New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Denver, Colorado
“If you are interested in the fundamental ideas and ideals that shaped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then you need to look no further than this spectacular book. This authoritative work is the most comprehensive to date on King as a person whose deep intellectual ideas and ideals were translated into transformational action that has altered the course of human history. Rufus Burrow highlights many aspects of King’s intellectual influences others tend to ignore or only present in a cursory manner. This is a landmark text for King scholarship and social ethics. You owe it to yourself to read this book!” Nathaniel Holmes Jr., Florida Memorial University