This study is the first detailed analysis of Billy Graham's social thought during one of the most volatile periods of American history'the Martin Luther King, Jr. years (1955-1968). Using previously unpublished documents, this book argues that although the popular evangelist occasionally supported King's mission to save America, he largely opposed King's vision of 'the beloved community' and his tactics of civil disobedience. The book also offers the controversial claim that because Graham allowed his political allegiances to trump his biblical Christianity, he never dreamed of nor worked for a world marked by lasting racial reconciliation, economic justice, and peace.
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 557 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
Edition: 2006 ed.
"A powerful, provocative book, beautifully written! Michael Long probes in both an appreciative and critical way the life and impact on America and the world of Billy Graham. By juxtaposing Graham's ministry against that of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he has illumined the current strands of religion in American politics like no one else I have read. I commend it to political and religious leaders alike."--John Shelby Spong, author of "The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts "and of "Hate in Search of the God of Love".
"A vivid portrait of how faith informs activities in the social and political arenas of society. Micheal Long's treatment of Graham's race ethics and perspective on the truly integrated society (beloved community) fills a huge gap in the scholarship of this phenomenal figure. An illuminating and essential reading for anyone interested in how we arrived at the current debate over the role of religion in the public sphere."--Lewis V. Baldwin, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University "A provocative book that will stimulate heated discussions for years to come." --"Choice"