The three photos in this post are ones I took at the Dr. King memorial on my last trip to Washington, DC. It's well worth the visit.
Emory/Oxford responsibilities have prevented me from beginning the series on Dr. King and the parables, but today I'll sneak a note in during lunch.
My Introduction to Religion class spent last week working through numerous speeches and sermons of Dr. King (from the book, I have a Dream), exploring them through the lens of historical Christianity. It is important for students (all of us, really) to read Dr. King in his own words, especially since the radicalness of his message is often "domesticated." See, for example, the book edited by Cornel West, The Radical King, or the helpful short book by Jennifer Yanco, Misremembering Dr. King.
This section of my own book was another one that initially ran more than 4000 words and needed to be cut to 2000 or so. I will include the sections that I cut on my blog so they are not lost.
Dr. King's many uses of the parables are memorable, such as his continuing and developing use of the Good Samaritan parable.
First, a little background:
I'll write about that exposition in my next post.