Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and by Bryan Loritts

By Bryan Loritts

On April sixteenth, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail was once released and shortly turned the manifesto of the civil rights movement. Dr. King didn't choose up his pen and react to hate crammed racists. as an alternative, he came across any scrap of paper that he may perhaps write on and answered to the passive pleas of white clergy, "Isn't there otherwise round this, a extra sophisticated and sufferer approach? Can't you simply wait, Dr. King?"

Over the part century that has elapsed because the booklet of Letter from a Birmingham Jail, a lot has transpired and development has been made. long past are the burning crosses, biting police canines and indignant mobs; instead we discover passivity, cynicism and avoidance. In God's sovereignty, voices from today's church have emerged stating that we can't wait. those different voices are thankful for the legislation that the civil rights circulate have been capable of switch, but additionally recognize that while the stream may possibly swap legislation, it could possibly by no means swap hearts. merely the move and empty tomb of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can do that.

Letters to a Birmingham Jail is a suite of essays written by means of males of varied ethnicities and a while, but all are devoted to the centrality of the gospel, nudging us to pursue Christ exalting variety. The gospel calls for justice in all its types - non secular and actual. This was once a fact that Dr. King fought and gave his existence for, and this can be a fact that those modern-day "drum majors for justice" proceed to beat.

Contributors contain: Bryan Loritts (General Editor), John Piper, John Perkins, Matt Chandler, Crawford Loritts, Sandy Wilson, Charlie Dates, John Bryson, Soong Chan Rah, & Albert Tate

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Crönert in Wesselys Studien VI, Leipzig 1906 S. 53 ff. I! KOSMOPOLITISMUS UND INDIVIDUALISMUS: 2 DIE STOA zu dieser Gemeinschaft. ~c;~ nc:aoe[a. Und wenn Zenon Männern und Frauen die gleiche Tracht vorschreibt, so sehen wir, daß vor der in der Vernunft begründeten Gemeinschaft alle Unterschiede nicht nur des Standes, sondern auch des Geschlechtes als nichtig betrachtet werden. Zenon selbst und noch mehr seine Nachfolger haben diese schroffen Grundsätze gemildert und die extremen Konsequenzen abgeschnitten.

Die Literatur hat sich, abgesehen von der vulgären (Radermacher S. ), davon ganz rein gehalten, und 26 ll STAAT U. GESELLSCHAFT: 2 DIE RÖliiiSCHE ENTWICKELUNG der Purismus ist Gradmesser der höheren Bildung. Bald haben sich griechische Aequivalente für römische Institutionen und Begriffe festgesetzt. Senatsbeschlüsse und auch andere öffentliche Urkunden wurden in beiden Sprachen ausgefertigt; neben dem lateinischen Text hatten die Ancyraner im Tempel der Roma und des Augustus die griechische Uebersetzung der Res gestae divi Augusti.

Die Nordgrenzen werden hier immer mehr durch Barbareneinfälle gefährdet, und im I Jahrhundert v. Chr. besteht ein starkes Thrakerreich. Seit Mitte des Ill Jahrhunderts bedroht die neue Parthermacht das seleukidische Reich und breitet sich um so mehr aus, je mehr dessen Kraft durch die römische Politik sinkt und das Reich sich auflöst und zerfällt. Rom selbst hat ·der Parther nicht Herr werden können. Armenien erhebt sich, seit Tigranes die Herrschaft angetreten (96), zu bedeutender Macht. Mithridates VI Eupator (120-63) gründet von sei1;1em kleinen pontischen Fürstentum aus nun den Pontus, ein mächtiges Reich, erobert Asien und Griechenland.

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