Against Cheap Grace in a World Come of Age: An Intellectual Biography of Clayton Powell, 1865-1953

Front Cover
P. Lang, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 122 pages
0 Reviews
Clayton Powell (1865-1953) was once of a very few African-American religious, cultural, and social leaders of his era to oppose what he called the "cheap grace" of racist conservative and liberal ideologies in what he called " a world come of age". His use of what a sociologist and several philosophers called "the emotionalization of the ideal" changed his congregations, cities, and nation, as well as one German Sunday school teacher - Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Ralph Garlin Clingan explores Powell's role as a radical, progressive prophet with a well thought out program of emotionalizing the ideal of the meek, universal love of Jesus Christ, the center of his life and ideal church, and raising a standard for his community and the world. Powell is discussed in the context of his sources, current Bonhoeffer scholarship, and today's issues.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Chapter One A Prophet of Liberation
Chapter Two Spiritual Biblical Hermeneutics
Chapter Three Ethical Progress Through Emotion

4 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Ralph Garlin Clingan is formerly Homiletics Professor in Atlanta's Interdenominational Theological Center (1980-1988).

Bibliographic information