The Gandhi-King Community

For Global Peace with Social Justice in a Sustainable Environment

King on Gandhi as "the greatest Christian"

Martin Luther King's ability to transcend religious sectarianism enabled him to deliver a universal message through the language of Christianity. Although his Baptist religious beliefs were deeply rooted, he was similar to Gandhi in his rejection of religious intolerance and fundamentalist understandings of religious texts.

In the following 1962 statement, King responds to the criticisms he received from some Christian supporters who were disturbed when he agreed to serve as honorary chairman of the Gandhi Society, which had been established in New York to educate Americans about King's civil rights activities:

While I firmly believe that God revealed Himself more completely and uniquely in Christianity than any other religion, I cannot make myself believe that God did not reveal Himself in other religions. I believe that in some marvelous way, God worked through Gandhi, and the spirit of Jesus Christ saturated his life. It is ironic, yet inescapably true that the greatest Christian of the modern world was a man who never embraced Christianity. This is not an indictment on Christ but a tribute to Him--a tribute to his universality and His Lordship. When I think of Gandhi, I think of the Master's words in the fourth gospel: 'I have other sheep that are not of this fold.''

 

 

 

 

Last updated by Clayborne Carson May 23, 2011.

Notes

How to Learn Nonviolent Resistance As King Did

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Feb 14, 2012 at 11:48am. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Feb 14, 2012.

Two Types of Demands?

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 9, 2012 at 10:16pm. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 11, 2012.

Why gender matters for building peace

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Dec 5, 2011 at 6:51am. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 9, 2012.

Gene Sharp & the History of Nonviolent Action

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Oct 10, 2011 at 5:30pm. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Dec 31, 2011.

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

The GandhiTopia & the Gandhi-King Community are Partners

© 2017   Created by Clayborne Carson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service