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Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

posted by Robert Gelinas

Brother West.jpegWhile on sabbatical I’m catching up on my “to read” stack of books.  I’m really enjoying Cornel West’s memoir entitled, “Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.”

Here are a couple of quotes from this Harvard professor, public intellectual and “bluesman in the life of the mind…jazzman in the world of ideas.”
Here’s how he describe life after his decision to follow Christ at a young age…
“Jesus Christ at the center.  Jesus Christ as model and motivator, Jesus Christ as moral instructor, Jesus Christ as source of unarmed truth and unconditional love.”
And how does he feel as an adult?
“I cannot overstate the importance of my relationship to Jesus Christ…The Living Word of an outcast carpenter–fully human yet fully divine…”


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Dale

posted July 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm


Wow! How did I read Race Matters and miss the fact that Cornel is a Christian?
Maybe that’s why he describes himself as a “non-Marxist” socialist, because Marx was an atheist.



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Mark Peach

posted July 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm


Robert,
I just read a couple weeks ago. I couldn’t put it down! It was fascinating to read about Cornel West’s life after having been influence a great deal by his work. It was great to hear more about the people and experiences that have shaped his Christian faith.



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