Community of Fear, 1961 May 7


In this fifth sermon on "Community and the Will of God," Thurman reads from several pieces, each pertaining to the realities of war and the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Thurman says that, for the first time in human history, a single man could extinguish the entire human race, even accidentally. Religious tradition has always kept alive the possibility that, even with great destruction, some human remnant would pick up the pieces and continue the redemptive work of God. But if there are no human beings left, then that redemptive possibility is nothing. Thurman ends says that no one is exempt from responsibility: We each must creatively seek a way for human life to still have chance in the world, to participate in the will of God.

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