The Great World House: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Ethics // Hak Joon Lee.


Dr. Hak Joon Lee, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, carves a new path towards global ethics in light of a magnanimous man’s life and works: Martin Luther King, Jr. A little over 36 years later, much has changed since King’s assassination. There are new enemies but similar structures at play. King’s ‘Evil Triad’ of racism, economic exploitation (inequality), and militarism are as rampant as ever. “The new world is a world of geographical togetherness. This means that no individual or nation can live alone. We must all learn to live together, or we will be forced to die together” (King, “Facing the Challenge of a New Age”). This new world in our new age will either become “The House Divided and Doomed” or “The Great World House.”

This text is a fresh recontextualization of Kingian ethics for today’s increasingly globalizing world. It has the three ‘at-odds’ elements of a great book: comprehensive, practical, and simple.


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