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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.

Atheism

Dr. King ponders atheism by quoting a short anecdote of L.P. Jacks' shoemaker.

Death

Dr. King writes on the "empty feeling" of death, citing St. Augustine's autobiographical book, "Confessions." This index card contains a quote from the work in which the philosopher reflects on the death of his closest friend.

Peace

Dr. King writes on the topic of peace.

Sin

Dr. King notes Niebuhr's definition of sin as the unwillingness to acknowledge the effect God has on one's existence.

Immortality

Dr. King quotes philosopher John Fiske regarding the topic of immortality.

Nationalism

Dr. King refers to Jeremiah 1:5, explaining that this passage represents a departure from nationalism toward a more universal emphasis.

God

Dr. King cites and comments on a passage from I Chronicles about the gods that are idols.

Preaching

Dr. King notes three points about preaching.

Class Notes: Joshua

This eleven card series features Biblical verses from the Book of Joshua which Dr. King references under specific subject titles. The section titles range from "Knowledge" to "Passages for Homiletical Use."

God's Existence

Dr. King cites Paul Tillich's perception of God's existence. This ideology is a Christological paradox for God "is being-itself" and beyond the essence of existence.

Science

Dr. King writes about Lewis Mumford’s view in “The Condition of Man” that an increase in scientific knowledge requires an increase in moral discipline.

Freedom (Of Choice)

Dr. King quotes Thomas Huxley's "Collected Essays" on the freedom to do right and to do wrong.

Philosophy of History

Dr. King quotes a statement regarding history from American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness."

Jesus

Dr. King compares Iago's description of Shakespeare's Othello to the view many have of Jesus.

Montanism

Dr. King records information about the second century Christian movement known as Montanism.

Suffering

Dr. King expounds upon suffering and notes that things which may not appear as defeat, may be transformed in victory.

Grotius

Dr. King writes that Grotius' view was "that God should be thought of as 'a great moral ruler'" and that Christ's death was "but a tribute to the sanctity of a divine government."

God

Dr. King quotes Dr. William Temple, stating that "God minus the world equals God; the world minus God equals nothing."

God (Niebuhr Conception)

Dr. King outlines Reinhold Niebuhr's views on God as outlined in "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Idealism

Dr. King cites several statements regarding idealism.

Religion (Its Inescapableness)

Dr. King quotes Nels F. S. Ferre's "Faith and Reason" on religion as the "inescapable" bind between us and the universe.

Religious Education

Dr. King cites Henry Nelson Wieman's "Normative Psychology of Religion."

Barth, Karl

Dr. King comments on Karl Barth's view that Christ assumed fallen human nature.

Religion and Science

Dr. King writes about the different perspectives of the moralist and scientist, saying a person can be both.

Kierkegaard

Dr. King writes notes regarding Danish philosopher and theologian Doren Kierkegaard's views on ethics and religion.

Faith As A Way of Knowing (Wieman)

Dr. King cites Henry Nelson Wieman's "The Source of Human Good" on faith as a way of knowing.

God

Dr. King references the Old Testament book of Numbers regarding the topic of God.

God

Dr. King quotes Jeremiah 29:13-14, noting that man can find God if he searches with all his heart.

Preaching

Dr. King quotes Samuel Arthur Devan's "Ascent to Zion."

Prophet

Dr. King references John C. Archer's "Faiths Men Live By."

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