the close association between music and theology, initiated by Luther. The vocation of cantor to express the Gospel through music was seen to be commensurate with the vocation of preacher, declaring the Word of God through his sermons. Both music and
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what the historical examples can also teach us in the present about the art of doubting, especially in the areas of religion and politics. Dealing with Doubt and Scepticism in the History of the Reformation: Martin Luther (1483–1546) and Erasmus of
march from Selma to Montgomery, Martin Luther King, Jr., told his fellow marchers, “We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” This was a normative claim, closely followed by
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On January 5, 1999, the evening news programmes in Birmingham, Alabama reported that the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day might be marred by civic unrest. The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had spent the 1998 King holiday inciting riots in Memphis, Tennessee, and this year, they were apparently going to focus on downtown Birmingham. Newscasters such as the urbane African American female anchor from Channel 13, Malena Cunningham, featured clips of Birmingham’s five-term, African American mayor, Richard Arrington, saying gracefully and with a hint of condescension that constitutionally the Klan had the right of public protest but that Birmingham’s best strategy would be to pay them no mind. The Klan was coming to Birmingham, Alabama.
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When they were first penned (in 1963), in the midst of the civil rights struggle in the United States, these lines stirred the conscience of a nation and awakened many people previously on the sidelines to a full awareness of the infamy of racial hatred and injustice. There can be no doubt that, partly under the inspiration of Baldwin and Martin Luther King, Americans were able – at least for a time – to ‘achieve’ their country in a better, nobler way than before, thus living up more seriously to the promise contained in their history. In the meantime, nearly half a century has passed and, despite many ennobling ventures, much ‘nightmare’ still remains – both in America and in the rest of the world. With sickening repetitiveness, the conscience of humankind is affronted by large-scale atrocities, from genocide and ethnic cleansing to random outbursts of violence; almost invariably, the root causes of these calamities can be traced to racial, cultural and/or economic factors. In our time of rapid globalisation or intensified global interdependence, is it still possible to heed Baldwin’s challenge to shoulder ‘our duty now’? Is there a chance – in the opening new millennium – to ‘achieve’ our global humanity by drawing on the promise contained in the histories of multiple countries?
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How do you represent a moment when crossing a bridge became a major historical fl ash point? Th e twenty-fi fth of March of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fifty-four-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery, a march to protest the lack of voting rights for African Americans in the southern United States. Th e major point of contention, where infrastructure and politics met, was the Edmund Pettus Bridge leading out of Selma. Th e first attempt to march occurred on what was later known as Bloody Sunday. Black protestors attempted to cross the bridge, against the instruction of local and state troopers. Th ey were beaten mercilessly and the footage was broadcast on national television. Th e second attempt took place after Dr. King put out a call to all Americans who identify with the civil rights movement. Th ey gathered on the bridge and knelt to pray. King sensed trouble and called off the march. After a court decision in favor of the protestors, the march took place.
across a large part of the world. The Epoch of Revolution In my sense, the epoch of revolution began not in 1517 when Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to the All Saints’ Church door in Wittenberg ( Dickens 1967 ; McCulloch 2003: 123–124 ), or
Deutschland Rundfunk on 12 February 2016. 2015 was the fiftieth anniversary of the heroic march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The march lasted five days and by the end 25,000 people took part. They participated for
Associate Counsellor to Jewish Students at Columbia University, New York (1961–1966). There he was part of the social ferment, including marching for civil rights with Martin Luther King. It was there, too, that he gained his PhD in theology, writing on
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have arrived at a more auspicious moment as people around the world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest in the form of 95 theses. Our world seems steeped anew in protest – from “ pegida ” to “Ende Gelände” in Germany to