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  • Richard Lischer(Author)
  • Oxford University Press. Mississippi; 1St Edition edition (1995)
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  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By rodboomboom on December 31, 2001

    One can easily see why this book was awarded the Outstanding Book of 1995 by the Religious Speech Communication Assoc., it is so well written. The research appears exhaustive, the writer is is firm touch with his subject matter, having poured over sermon manuscripts and listened to tape after tape, and conducted interview upon interview.One is able to grasp the essence of King's preaching from this reading. Long suspecting that King comes out of the liberal element in the church, this confirmed that suspiscion. The theology and subsequent preaching is far from what my confession would maintain as Biblical. This is social gospel, theology not from heaven down, but earth up, trying to impose its agenda upon God, rather than letting His word and plan of salvation have its way.While one can easily relate to the race problems and frustrations with an American that would not listen to the pleas, but an America that responded violently, there remains no cause to make the precious Gospel a political one. Jesus had attempts to preach such freedom from political oppression, but in each and every instance, He maintained the gospel at the level it is intended, spiritual.King thus is out of sync with his namesake, Martin Luther, as well as the historic Christian church. The gospel is about the forgiveness of sins for the life everlasting. As the famous hymn sings: "What is the World to Me?"This book is vibrant with the complexities of the background and influences on King's theology and preaching. Enjoyed it, yet sad that the title "preacher" is applied to such a false teacher of God's Word. To apply humanity's agenda above and beyond God's is the height of sin and rebellion.

  • By Loretta Kretchko on May 11, 2013

    I thought that his was going to be more a biography . This book is good for those studying preaching . A technical tool on MLK 's speeches

  • By Godslove on October 4, 2013

    The best way to describe this book for me is a struggle. At times Lischer gives me the sense that he is celebrating Black preaching, but comments that he makes in the book almost bringing preaching down to more of a performance to a certain degree for me, undermines the power of Black preaching and undermines the power of King's words. Although I do not believe that this is Lischer's intention, this for me is what I experienced as an African-American reading the book. I also did not like the moments in the book when the closing or ending of the Black preachers sermon and Kings style in particular was sexualized by Lischer comparing it to a sexual climax that even supposedly "moves sister's to shed their sexual inhibitions". This is problematic for me because as an African-American too often sexualization or over-sexualization of Black culture and Black bodies has often led to a devaluation of our worth as human beings. Again, I do not believe that this is Lischers intention and believe that the language that he uses to celebrate Dr. Kings preaching and the culture that influenced it is an attempt to celebrate Kings legacy. Yet, the way that he does it at certain points in the book uses language in description that is unnecessary. I believe that most Black preachers preach naturally out of their culture and for the most part the way that this comes out would be more subconscious as opposed to some type of scientific exercise in preaching where the preacher prepares for some type of performance.

  • By J. Graves on July 7, 2009

    Richard Lischer, scholar and professor at Duke Divinity, supplies both the student of history and local pastor a wonderful gift with his work, The Preacher King: Martin Luther King Jr.and the Word that Moved America. Combining history, theology, New Testament scholarship, politics, and narrative criticism as very few can--Lischer paints a detailed yet complete picture of the life and legacy of one of America's great religious leaders.I suggest Richard Lischer's Preacher King for two reasons. First, Lischer has the rare ability to capture the tension and ethos of 1960's America. The Civil Right Era has become a source of nostalgia for some. Lischer refuses to buy into this hype-machine by closely immersing himself back into the world of those who marched in Selma, Montgomery, and Memphis. "Despite the enforced intimacy of the races, a rigid caste system, buttressed by dozens of local statutes, forbade blacks and whites to acknowledge the life they in fact held in common. A local statute went so far as to bar whites and blacks from playing cards, dice, checkers, or dominoes together. Restrooms and drinking fountains were clearly marked. By law, a white person and a Negro could not share a taxi. The segregation of restaurants and public transportation was carried out with a routine cruelty that left the black citizens of Montgomery, like those of most southern cities, humiliated and burning with resentment." You will find an absence of over-sentimentalized anecdotes and conversations: Lischer understands all too well how the stakes were during this tumultuous period in American history.Second, Lischer paints a nuanced portrait of Dr. King as the Civil Right's Moses-figure. Lischer pays close attention to Dr. King's ethos, rhetorical skill, knowledge of the teachings of Jesus, historical context, intellectual heroes, as well as his intense personal connection to the African-American church. Unlike some depictions, Lischer avoids the pitfalls of depicting King a secular humanitarian or as a mere social insurrectionist with an axe to grind. Rather, Lischer clearly demonstrates the manner in which Dr. King sees his own life as a holy improvisation, living out the dangerous love of Jesus in marches, prisons, restaurant sit-ins, and church bombings. With racism (Pharaoh) pressing in, Jim Crow government laws forming insurmountable walls on all sides (Red Sea), King (Moses) led his people to the other side. Dr. King prepared the people for what God was going to do next (Canaan) though he himself, like Moses, would not experience the land "flowing with milk and honey." Lischer presents Dr. King for what he was: a young black Baptist preacher-prophet who named, exposed, and in his death, unmasked the systemic powers of darkness. This book will prepare you to re-imagine the God who liberates (all) his people from oppression and domination.

  • By A customer on April 9, 2001

    I love this book, but I was looking for the hard jacket, and could only find softcover.


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