Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and anyone who followed the media coverage of that occasion understands all too well that the identity of the civil rights leader is fiercely contested.
In this captivating narrative, Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, veteran reporters for Time magazine, offer details of Billy Graham’s historic relationships with every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush.
The language of necessity, spoken by earnest politicians and faith leaders alike, has saturated public debates about war and peace in this age of terror. Overflowing our nation's pulpits, bully and ecclesial, has been the passionate argument that preemptive war is necessary--that we have no choice but to strike at terrorists before they attack us with demonic force.
When students walk into my class on Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time, they are unlikely to know that King favored Sweden's democratic socialism over U.S. capitalism, but they certainly know the sensational stories about King's plagiarism and his relationships with women other than his wife.
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