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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.

Scientific Method

Dr. King discusses the scientific method according to Henry Nelson Wieman's "Issues of Life."

Man's Dilemma

Dr. King states that man’s dilemma results from “the divorce of nature from the supernatural.”

Revelation

Dr. King discusses the idea that Jesus Christ is the only direct form of revelation, which was proposed in Emil Brunner's "The Mediator."

Worship

Dr. King compares and contrasts God's place in the Catholic and Protestant church.

Brunner & Niebuhr

Dr. King relates Swiss theologian Emil Brunner to American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, in that they both argue that reason is for adjusting to the material world, and faith is for dealing with God.

Theory of Perception in the Light of the Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness

Dr. King examines Alfred North Whitehead's "fallacy of misplaced concreteness" as described in "Science and the Modern World."

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Nels F. S. Ferre's "Faith and Reason."

Evil

Dr. King quotes the definition of evil and conceptualizes it as a "frustration."

DeWolf, Harold

Dr. King references Harold DeWolf's book, "A Theology of the Living Church."

Ritschl

Dr. King records a quote of Albrecht Ritschl regarding Christology.

MLK Index Card

Dr. King outlines Montesquier and his combination of historical and economical science.

Nature

Dr. King writes notes regarding the topic of nature.

Augustine (Concept of Evil)

Dr. King quotes theologian St. Augustine's "Confessions."

Knox, John

Dr. King gives brief biographical information on John Knox.

Prayer

Dr. King writes about the topic prayer.

Barth

Dr. King notes Karl Barth's views on Jesus.

Cosomological Argument for God

Dr. King references the cosmological argument for God.

Evil

Dr. King outlines his views on evil and categorizes it into three types.

Miracles

Dr. King paraphrases the Old Testament scripture of Exodus chapter 13, verse 22, in which God leads the Israelites with a cloud by day and a a pillar of fire by night.

Cognition

This note card discusses cognition in relation to the context of events.

Immortality (Aquinas)

Dr. King references Saint Thomas Aquinas regarding the topic of immortality.

Schleiermacher (Religion & Ethics)

Dr. King quotes and writes about Friedrich Schleiermacher’s view in “Speeches on Religion” that criticizing a man’s actions is not criticizing his religion because he does not act from his religion. The full title of this work is “On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers.”

MLK Note Card - Schleiermacher, Theology and God-consciousness

The person to whom Dr. King is referring is the German philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher.

Kierkegaard

Dr. King outlines the two assumptions that one must have while studying the work of Kierkegaard.

God in Isaiah

Dr. King cites Isaiah 55: 8,9 on the holiness and transcendence of God and distinguishes this from an anthropomorphic view of God.

Science and Religion

Dr. King documents a quote regarding science and religion from "The Finding of God."

Marx

Dr. King references German philosopher Karl Marx regarding his teachings. King states, "Marx teaching resolves into three principal elements: a philosophy of history, and economic theory, and a practical program for the realization of a new social order."

Worship

Dr. King notes some characteristics and requirements of worship.

Painting

Dr. King paraphrases Homer's "The Odyssey" and quotes some prose entitled "The Bible."

God

Dr. King references the book of Job by discussing the immense and power of God.

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