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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.

Evil

Dr. King references the concept of evil.

Materialism

Dr. King references author Emil Carl Wilm's publication, "The Problem of Religion."

Funeral

Dr. King quotes Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

God

Dr. King references the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy to illustrate God's perfection.

Different Meanings of Prehension

Dr. King outlines the different meanings of "prehension" in Alfred North Whitehead's books Science and the Modern World and Process and Reality.

Ethics (A Criticism of Philosophical Ethics)

Dr. King references Emil Brunner’s "The Divine Imperative: A Study in Christian Ethics."

Humanism

Dr. King discusses the weakness of "non theistic humanism."

Education Versus Religion

Dr. King records notes about the leadership of the intellectual and religious communities from Edwin E. Aubrey's "Present Theological Tendencies."

Jesus

Dr. King highlights the significant characteristics of Jesus Christ.

Suffering

Dr. King quotes and comments on Shakespeare's "Henry V."

Substance

Dr. King records some thoughts on the topic "substance," "a term used to signify that which is sought when philosophers investigate the primary being of things."

Worship

Dr. King notes some attributes and results of worship.

God (His Existence)

Dr. King quotes Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Ancient Sage" after posing the question, "Can we prove God's existence?"

Religion

Dr. King records a quote on religion from William Ernest Hocking's "The Meaning of God in Human Experience."

Wieman's Empirician

Dr. King records a quote from religious philosopher Henry Nelson Wieman's book, "The Source of Human Good" on the impossibility of knowing final outcomes.

Freedom

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology" on the concept of freedom.

Christ

Dr. King quotes Albert Knudson's thoughts about how the disciples viewed Jesus Christ.

Aristotle

Dr. King outlines some principles regarding Aristotelian philosophy.

Perceiving God (Wieman)

Dr. King writes notes on perceiving God using Nelson Henry Wieman's text, "The Source of Human God."

Schleiermacher (The Religious Man)

Dr. King quotes Schleiermacher's views on man's identification with Religion.

Anaximenes

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

Individualization and Participation

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology."

God (His Love)

Dr. King writes about God's love, quoting and reflecting on Proverbs 3: 11-12.

Spencer

Dr. King records a quote from Herbert Spencer’s “First Principles.”

Definition of Christianity

Dr. King records a definition of Christianity. He defines Christianity as the belief in the "potential good in human nature."

Religion

Dr. King quotes Robert Flint’s “The Philosophy of History.”

God

Dr. King quotes St. Thomas Aquinas on the concept of God.

Prophecy (Micah)

Dr. King sketches notes on the prophet Micah, maintaining "...that the true prophet is one who draws his inspiration...from Jehovah his God."

Morality

Dr. King quotes Adolf Hitler on the "dirty and degrading self-mortification" of conscience and morality, from Erich Meissner's "Confusion of Faces."

Gods Existence

Abstract: Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology."

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