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Agape In The Ethics Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
An analysis of how agape factors in the ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his pursuit of justice.
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This research attempts to discern what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant by love and justice. The paper shows how he referred to these phrases as they relate to God's dynamic action seeking to create, restore and preserve God's community by participating in creation. The paper begins by describing how de facto racism and other forms of social injustice have become widely accepted norms both in the church and American social and economic life in the 21st century.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Introduction
Significance Of Research
Literature Review
Chapter 2 Love In Its Different Forms
Sacrificial Love
Mutual Love
Love As Equal Regard
Delivering Love
Chapter 3 Justice As Agape Love In Action Within Community
Radical Agape Love--Loving One's Enemies
Love, Justice, And The Image Of God
Love, Justice And Unity
Love, Justice And Integration
Chapter 4 Freedom, Sacrifice And Communal Responsibility
Limits To Freedom In The Beloved Community
Community Ruled By Agape Love
Agape Love And Interdependence
Communal Responsibility That Cares Comprehensively
Chapter 5 King's Vision Of Dynamic Love
The Command To Love
Love, Justice And Goodwill
Self-Giving And Cross-Bearing
Creative Altruism
Chapter 6 King's Vision Of Justice And The Beloved Community
The Color-Blind Doctrine From Plessy To King
Color-Blind Or Color Conscious?
Beyond Civil Rights: Poor People's Campaign For The 21st Century
King's "Law" Of Justice As Agape Love In Action
Chapter 7 Tokenism And Justice: An American Perspective
The Increasing Significance Of Class And Race: From King To The 21st Century
Statistical Data Of Economic Disparity Along The Color-Line
God's Law Of Justice And The Role Of The Church As Custodians Of Agape Love
Chapter 8 Conclusion
What Should Christians Be Doing To Keep Justice As Agape Love In Action?
Where Do We Go From Here?

From the Paper:

"The nature and function of agape love in action requires a backward glance to traditional Greek mythology as communicated by Hesiod in particular, and poets and philosophers in general. According to Gordis, "The Greek epic poet Hesiod described human history as consisting of four successive ages, of gold, silver, copper, and iron, and the present was the last and the worst. The Prophets reversed this universal belief by positing the conviction that man's Golden Age lay in the future." While the Civil Rights Movement has not fully achieved all of its objectives, the movement managed to realize some fundamental reforms. For example, legal segregation as a system of racial control was dismantled, and African-Americans were no longer subject to the humiliation of various "Jim Crow" laws. According to Turner, "By 1956, a great deal of black blood had been spilled challenging the Jim Crow system, but the civil rights movement had achieved some major victories on the path to full black citizenship. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Pres. Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty established the promise for full integration of African-Americans into society." Furthermore, a wide range of public institutions were opened to all citizens and African-Americans achieved the right to vote and the influence that went with that right in a free democracy; nevertheless, scarcely a day goes by the underlying racial tensions in America do not erupt in some form or another."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Beth and David Farber, The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
  • Baker-Fletcher, Garth. Somebodieness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Human Dignity. New York: Fortress, 1993.
  • Beach, Waldo. Christian Ethics in the Protestant Tradition. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1988.
  • Billingsley, Andrew, Mighty like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Black's Law Dictionary. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1990.

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