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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson. Photograph by Yoichi Okamoto. This image is in the Public Domain.
Reflections: MLK on Truth and the Growing Threat of Religious Nationalism in Israel
January 12, 2023
What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr say about the battle over truth in our society? Then, a conversation about the recent provocations at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Dr. Lewis V Baldwin. Photgraph courtesy Dr. Lewis V Baldwin
“The Arc of Truth is Long”: Reading Martin Luther King Jr. in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age January 12, 2023
Dr. Lewis V Baldwin, professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University, discusses his new book, “The Arc of Truth: The Thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” which he was inspired to write, in part, by the battle over truth that characterized the presidency of Donald Trump. According to Lewis, Dr. King began seeking truth in lived experience, philosophy, religion, and history at the age of 6. He asks what Dr. King would have made of “alternative facts” in a “post-truth” America. He looks at what we could lose if we forget the teachings of Dr. King.

Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, author of The Arc of Truth: The Thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin is a native of Camden, Alabama. With degrees in history, Black Church Studies, and American Christianity.  He is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Arch of Truth-Lewis V Baldwin
The Arc of Truth
Fortress Press
Daoud Kuttab. Photograph shared under a Creative  Commons By Attribution license by Wikimedi Commons user FlickreviewR .
Will Religious Nationalism Spark Another Intifada? A Conversation with Daoud Kuttub January 12, 2023
Award-winning Palestinian-American journalist Daoud Kuttub writes for the Religion News Service that the rise of Israel’s far-right orthodox parties in the new coalition government could threaten democracy and democratic norms.  He discusses the events unfolding and how leaders of Israel’s far-right religious nationalist parties are leveraging new ministerial positions to advance the agenda of the National Union of Tkumba - the Religious Zionist Party.  From the recent controversy at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to the mass protests taking place in Tel Aviv, Kuttab highlights a series of events and actions that raise questions about the future of Israel’s democratic institutions including the courts, and the future of the Palestinians living in Israel and in the Occupied Territories.

Dowd Kuttub. Former Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University. Award-winning journalist. He currently leads AhmanNet and produces news and commentary for community radio broadcasts from Ahman Jordan.

For more context on this story, you can read these numerous articles about current politics in Isreal, and international responses.


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