Many examples in the book made me consider perspectives that I had never thought of before. In my opinion, this book definitely stirred up a reassurance of my place in society and what can be done to liberate the oppressed. I believe the voices represented in this book can cause negative reactions from some churches because it goes against what is and has been normal. Churches would not really like to change the view of “white” Christ to be a diverse Christ of another race because it would change certain aspects and power. The church is called to be one diverse body of God, but as churches can remain dominant to one race, it becomes difficult to incorporate diversity into what already is established.
Also, in his letter his tone was strong, but neither violent nor threatening towards the clergymen. Similarly, King portrays a sense of concern for the clergymen and they ways in which they are willing to obtain the peaceful ends they seek. He senses the still-present fear of the white community in the letter of complaints from the clergymen. King was offended by how the clergymen only planned on addressing the African American community for their actions while letting the whites go on with their violent and oppressive actions. Dr. King fought his whole career for equality amongst the races, meaning all communities with violent, racist actions should be addressed.
Jennifer Smith Prof Franco 3/26/2011 Engl 1213 Standing up One of the most known advocates for equality is Martin Luther King Jr. He’s had some of the most moving, convincing and change inducing speeches of all time. His “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is no exception. King wrote the letter from a Birmingham jail cell in April on 1963 following his arrest for public demonstration. In the beginning of the letter, King describes his reason for writing the letter as a response to the Clergymen’s statement calling his “present activities unwise and untimely. ” (King).
“But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future.” King kind of challenged the church; with or without them, African Americans will continue to strive. “If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.” This is also an example of pathos because it evoked sympathy from the readers. Another appeal to be mentioned is the ethical appeal. “I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives at present are misunderstood.” Martin Luther King is saying that he knows the outcome will be good. The question comes to mind, “What gives him credibility?” Him saying, “I have no fear…” shows his compassion for this issue.
C).” I think this is unjust because you shouldn’t be drowned for wanting to hang out with another man. Examples of injustice can next be found in the area of property law. Hammurabi states “If a man has broken through a wall to rob a house, they shall pierce him or hang him in the hole he has made (Doc D).” I believe this is unjust, because what if the owners of that house don’t want him hanging and rotting in there wall? That is extremely cruel to do that!!! Examples of injustice finally be found in the area of personal injury law.
King does not take insult to the clergymen’s criticism but he gently counter argues every point they bring up. Letter from Birmingham was a great response to Dr. King’s critics about his actions in Birmingham. He does a great job appealing to their emotions, religious beliefs, and uses logic to answer all their questions. He was an advocacy for equality and fought to his last breath to make sure that the blacks would get the same treatment as
What is meant by this? As a result of today’s culture, the church has been drawn into a dismal state because of modernity. According to Wells, today’s culture has played a role in the occurrence of this tremendous effect and may be viewed in some churches as they cater to an individual’s liking instead of the steadfast doctrine. Wells uses a vivid example of a mall and megachurch. He states that “malls are monuments to consumption—but so are megachurches.” He goes on to say that “both places celebrate the coupling of the appetites of consumption with
When I compared Martin Luther King Jr’s use of Christianity with Aung San Suu Kyi’s use of Buddhism, I admired their use of nonviolence to bring peace among their people. Today, in a world that is filled with terrorist groups and so much violence, I wish we could have more influential people like both of these writers. In King’s Letter to Birmingham, he wanted the clergymen to understand that the Negro people were being not being treated like they should. In this letter he wrote about the differences of being just and unjust. He wanted them to know how oppressed the “black” people were with the injustice at that time.
Hale is also at the Proctor household because Elizabeth’s name was mentioned in the court and Hale decided he would notify them and take precautions. Hale asks John to say his commandments to prove that he is a Christian man who loves god but when John says his commandments he forgets one. His wife Elizabeth reminds him it is the commandment of adultery. Even though John forgets this commandment and he is guilty of adultery with Abigail Williams,
He creates an understanding of values, by referring to the early Christians, Apostle Paul, and even Christ. While defending his being in Birmingham he states, “…just as the Apostle Paul…carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners…so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town.” He continues referring to their shared beliefs to further strengthen their common ground. After questioning the logic behind the clergy men’s statement pertaining to the non-violent protest precipitating violence King argues, “Isn’t this like condemning Jesus because his unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God’s will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion?” King continually connects with his audience’s faith; he then begins targeting the religious leader’s deeper emotions. He begins to divulge on his personal experiences with the injustice of segregation. In the following quote he goes into detail why he cannot delay justice, “Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But… when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking, “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”.” King also goes into detail about his daughter not being able to go to Fun Town, it was closed to blacks, and how painful it was to see her eyes fill with tears.