What Went Right?


It seemed an excellent idea for our new Turning Points in American History lecture program.  Honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by bringing in a speaker who could address the topic from the angle of natural law.  The planning committee found just the right speaker, too.  Dr. Justin B. Dyer, a political scientist at University of Missouri, offers a rare combination of expertise in both civil rights and natural law and he graciously accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker.  As committee chair I contacted several local scholars of the civil rights movement, three of whom agreed to serve on a discussion panel.  All was well. Continue reading

MLK vs Gandhi: The Path of Bonhoeffer

MLK2Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi stand as shining examples of the power of non-violent resistance  to overcome profound injustice.  The similarities in method between the two have oft been noted, as has the one’s  influence on the other.  What I offer here is a reflection not on their similarities but on one key difference:  MLK knew not just the power of non-violent resistance; he knew its limits. Continue reading