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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.

Schleiermacher (Christianity)

Dr. King cites a quote by philosopher Schleiermacher regarding "the God-consciousness."

Optimism

Dr. King quotes F. S. Marvin's "The Living Past."

Man

Dr. King references two quotations on a note card titled "Man."

Worship

Dr. King provides a definition of worship.

Schleiermacher (Definition of Theology)

Dr. King quotes and interprets Friedrich Schleiermacher's definition of dogmatic theology in "The Christian Faith."

Religion

Dr. King comments on Plato's view of religion and records a quote from A.G. Keller's "Science and Society."

Faith

Dr. King quotes English author and priest William Ralph Inge's "Lay Thoughts of a Dean," as well as English soldier and essayist Donald Hankey.

War- Treitschke

Dr. King quotes Heinrich von Treitschke’s “Politics.”

Humanism (15th Century)

Dr. King reflects on a classical approach to learning.

MLK Note Card - Schleiermacher, Theology and God-consciousness

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

Scientific Method and God

Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman on the knowledge of God being unscientific. The content of this card appears verbatim in King's doctoral dissertation, "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."

Matter (Aristotelian Concept)

Here, Dr. King discusses the functional differences between matter and form.

Auguste Comte

Dr. King writes of Comte's views of the relationship between the theological, the metaphysical and the scientific worlds.

Kingdom of God

Dr. King notes the origin of the ideology of God having sovereign rule over the universe.

Sin I and Sin II

Dr. King cites scripture in examining concepts of sin.

Robert L. Cope

Dr. King references Robert L. Cope’s article “Nature and/or Grace.”

God

Dr. King writes about God, according to Isaiah 6:1.

Hope

Dr. King quotes John Milton, who lost his sight, on the brilliance of the divine light that he experiences in his darkness.

Man (A Fatalistic View)

Dr. King includes a quote from the Persian philosopher Omar Khayyam.

War (Just War)

Dr. King cites Francisco Suarez's definition of a "just war" from his "Tractibus de. Legibus."

Reason

Dr. King quotes Edgar S. Brightman's "The Finding of God."

Satan

Dr. King records a note on the Bok of Job, chapter 1, verses 11 and 12.

The Purpose of the State

Dr. King records some thoughts on the functions of the state.

Contradiction

Dr. King writes a quote expressing the bounds of consciously living in contradiction.

Some Things We Can Do

In this series of note cards entitled "Some Things We Can Do," Dr. King provides several suggestions pertaining to the African American community.

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes from D. Miall Edwards’ “The Philosophy of Religion.” Miall is misspelled on the note card.

Nationalism

Dr. King cites a biblical scripture from the book of Isaiah where it is asserted that "God's house is to be a house of prayer for all people."

Ritschl (Christology)

Dr. King quotes Albrecht Ritschl's "The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation."

The Cultural Crisis

Dr. King quotes Edward Hallett Carr's "Conditions of Peace."

Leibnitz's Doctrine of Evil

Dr. King cites Albert C. Knudson's "Doctrine of Redemption."

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