A Prophet in His Own Land: A Malcolm Boyd Reader: Selected Writings 1950-2007

A Prophet in His Own Land: A Malcolm Boyd Reader: Selected Writings 1950-2007. Edited by Bo Young and Dan Vera. Brooklyn: White Crane Books, 2008. 322 p. hardcover. ISBN: 9781590210116. $33.00

This anthology of essays was gathered to honor gay Episcopal priest Malcolm Boyd’s 85th birthday (celebrated this year) and is introduced by gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.

The entry “Superchrist of a Superstate: Political Manipulation of Christian,” written in 1975, reads as a nearly contemporary review of the ongoing debates between liberal and evangelical views of the social gospel.

Other essays detailing Boyd’s work in African American voter registration in the southern United States during the 1960s, his work with Martin Luther King, Jr., his view of the place of Dr. King in historical perspective, and his legendary work with Dick Gregory at the ‘hungry i’ are equally memorable.

A Prophet in His Own Land is highly recommended for church libraries, larger public libraries, and academic libraries collecting in United States 20th-century religion.

Reviewed by Dave Combe
EP Foster Library
Ventura County [CA] Library

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