Monday, January 19, 2009
MLK Day, 2009
Image from here, where you can read about the great Charles Albert Tindley.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase," said the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. I find that very meaningful and moving, but, in the interests of equal time, let's hear what the Huffington Post's sam harris has to say on the topic:
"It is time that scientists and other public intellectuals observed that the contest between faith and reason is zero-sum."
It's too bad that sam and other similarly enlightened bloggers weren't here to school King on the errors of his worldview. Sure, the great man of faith whom we honor today helped, in no tiny way, to bring about vastly important and necessary changes to our society, our democracy, and our vision of humanity--but, at the same time, he had an irrational faith in, well, faith. And it's possible that sam (or some other illustrious "bright") could have cured him of that irrationality.
Our loss. One can only imagine what a rational King would have sounded like. Maybe something like this: "I have a dream that all the people of the world will come to see how foolish it is to dream! I have a dream that all the citizens of our great land will have the wisdom to move forward into the darkness only when they're absolutely sure what's there--only after they've thoroughly and carefully tested the space before them. And consulted with a futurist. What kind of foolish person steps into the unknown? I mean, based on what? Faith? Please!"
Anyway, we can be sure that the logic and reason brigade is on its way to accomplishing King-sized things for our culture. Any moment now. I can feel it. Just give it... um....
Okay, it's still early. We'll give the "brights" time to finish their coffee. Meanwhile, Happy Birthday, Reverend King! Oh, and our playlist includes the great man's favorite hymn, I Want to Be Like Jesus. In fact, it includes it twice. Oops. (I never claimed to be an expert zip-file maker.)
Click here for today's zip file: MLK Day, 2009
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW (Martin-Gabriel)--Mahalia Jackson, 1958.
AN EVENING PRAYER (Battersby-Gabriel)--Mahalia Jackson, 1958.
WE SHALL OVERCOME (Tindley)--Mahalia Jackson.
I WANT TO BE LIKE JESUS (Spiritual)--Tuskegee Quartet, 1927.
HOW I GOT OVER (C. Ward)--Mahalia Jackson.
I WANT TO BE LIKE JESUS--Oops!
TAKE MY HAND PRECIOUS LORD (Thomas Dorsey)--Jimmy Dean.