01 Nov 2018 A Baptist Preacher’s Buddhist Teacher
Dr. Lawrence E. Carter Sr., the founding dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, discusses how his interfaith journey with Daisaku Ikeda made him a better Christian
Middleway Press’ A Baptist Preacher’s Buddhist Teacher, authored by Dr. Lawrence E. Carter Sr., has been named the 2019 winner of the Illumination Book Awards in the “Biography/Memoir” category.
The awards are designed to honour and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles “written and published with a Christian worldview.”
Lawrence E. Carter Sr. has given us a most fascinating quasi-autobiography of a disciple. He claims to be a disciple of Jesus, Gandhi, M.L King Jr., and Daisaku Ikeda. For him, to be a disciple is not to be a follower, but rather one who picks up the work of a mentor and expands on it in new circumstance. King's work introduced Carter to Gandhi and the larger vision of nonviolence: Gandhi was no Baptist! Later Carter became involved with Daisaku Ikeda, current head of the Japanese Nichiren Buddhist movement Soka Gakkai International and became his disciple too. Ikeda is no Baptist either. Today Carter is a truly cosmopolitan global preacher and thinker. From his American, South Asian, and East Asian religious identity, he is a true disciple of Jesus, the most distant of all his mentors, carrying on Jesus's work in extraordinary creative ways. Read this book!
- Robert Cummings Neville, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Theology, and Dean Emeritus of the School of Theology and Marsh Chapel, Boston University
A Baptist Preacher's Buddhist Teacher allows readers to enter into the rich and dynamic world of Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.'s spiritual and intellectual life. With keen insight, a rare passion, and ethical and philosophical sophistication, Carter tells the story of his interfaith pilgrimage with Daisaku Ikeda, and explains in gripping detail how Ikeda's challenge has led him to a new self-understanding, renewed hope, and a revitalized faith. This is the kind of book that can literally change a person's life.
- Lewis V. Baldwin, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University
Lawrence Edward Carter Sr. is the founding dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, the world’s largest religious memorial to the legacy of the great civil rights leader, whose mission is to teach, encourage, and inspire ambassadors of King’s beloved world community. He is also a professor of religion at Morehouse, a Baptist minister, and author of Walking Integrity: Benjamin Elijah Mays as Mentor to Martin Luther King Jr.