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Note Cards

Education was essential in the development of the mind of Martin Luther King, Jr. From his matriculation at Morehouse College through his doctoral studies at Boston University, Dr. King took notes on various subjects and referenced some of the most important philosophers of all time. The note cards shown in this section give you a glimpse into the molding of one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers and orators. Religion, natural law, metaphysics and the meaning of wisdom are just a few of the topics highlighted. These subjects and many more helped Dr. King’s capacity to expand his intellectual and spiritual capacity three dimensionally.

1922 Work

Dr. King identifies different philosophical points of Alfred North Whitehead's 1922 publication, titled "The Principle of Relativity with Applications to Physical Science."

A. N. Whitehead

Dr. King quotes Alfred North Whitehead's view of the philosophy of science in The Concept of Nature.

Actual Occasions

Dr. King quotes philosopher Alfred North Whitehead's "Religion in the Making." He interprets the phases in events and how such events are perceived.


Dr. King quotes Ernst Haeckel's "The Riddle of the Universe."


Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's view in "The Irony of American History" that "the paradise of domestic security is suspended in a hell of global insecurity."


Dr. King quotes a statement from American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr regarding the country's "historic situation in which the paradise of domestic security is suspended in a hell of global insecurity."


Dr. King documents background information on Greek philosopher Anaximander. Over five note cards, he outlines key principles of Anaximander's philosophy under the subject titles "Metaphysics" and "His Views on Biology."


Dr. King writes notes about the views of philosopher Anaximenes on the universe, comparing them to those of Thales and Anaximander.


Dr. King writes on angels, according to Daniel 10:13, 21, and 12:1.


Dr. King mentions the concept of patron angels that appears in Daniel 10:13, 20, and 21.


Dr. King cites the reference in Isaiah 6:2 to a seraphim, likely "a winged human figure."


This note card briefly compares Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism and Calvinism.


Dr. King defines annihilationism as a belief regarding the death of the wicked.

Anselm's Theory

Dr. King discusses Catholic theology referencing the theories of Aquinas and Anselm regarding the topic of "sin."


Dr. King outlines and references ideas on anthropology.


Dr. King distinguishes anxiety from fear, noting that fear is directed toward things, while anxiety is directed toward nothingness.

Apocalyptic Religion

Dr. King quotes John Oman's "the Natural and The Supernatural."


Dr. King defines Apollinarianism.


Dr. King cites information regarding the historical background of the Apologists and their role in defending Christianity.

Apostles' Creed

Dr. King outlines the history of the Apostles' Creed and states the creed in its Roman form.

Aquinas, Thomas

Dr. King notes biographical information about Thomas Aquinas.


Dr. King writes about Arianism, a view named after Arius of Alexandria. Arianism acknowledges the divinity of God the father and Jesus the son; however, under this doctrine Jesus is subordinate to God.


Dr. King cites Aristotle's ideas regarding matter and form.


Dr. King outlines some principles regarding Aristotelian philosophy.

Aristotle in Thomas

Dr. King outlines aspects of St. Thomas Aquinas' philosophy, which are structurally Aristotelian. Points he discusses include similarities between the two philosophers' ontology and epistemology, while also outlining a point of divergence in Aquinas' view of God as an "efficient cause."

Aristotle's Answer to Parmenides

Dr. King outlines Aristotle's response to Parmenides regarding being and nothingness.

Aristotle's Psy

Dr. King writes about Aristotle's views on the soul.


Dr. King gives information on fourth century teacher, Arnobius and his conversion to Christianity.


Dr. King describes art as "alleviating the ills of life."

Art - Aesthetic

Dr. King notes several passages from Paul Tillich's "The Religious Situation." The quotes relay the importance of art and its aesthetic value on the function of spiritual situations.