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Comparative Religion

Comparative religion is a field within religious studies that compares the history, themes, systems, myths and rituals of different religions. In the western world, the study of religion as distinct from theology is often rooted in the Enlightenment and the advent of Deism. Many of the Protestant theologians Dr. King studied shared an openness toward different cultures and religions. As a Christian theologian, King often engaged traditions other than his own. His interest in concepts of God, the topic of his dissertation, was not limited to Christian views. He learned from Jews, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists and included some of those lessons in his speeches and writings. In Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? he wrote of love as “that force which all the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.”

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The Witness: MLK Writes from Birmingham Jail

"The Witness" publishes the second part of Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail." In this pivotal document, Dr. King expresses dissatisfaction with the white moderate and the white church regarding their silent stance on segregation and discrimination. He urges individuals to understand the delays, broken promises, and intimidation Negroes face to secure their freedom.


Dr. King quotes William Ernest Hocking's "The Meaning of God in Human Experience."


Dr. King asserts that religion and theology must coincide with one another because, "religion without theology is blind; theology without religion is empty."

We Would See Jesus

Dr. King gives this sermon to a congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He conveys a message of Christ's acceptance of all despite any person's wrong doings in the past. He also points out that Christ's work is exemplified through individual acts of kindness and helping others.

What Is Man?

This excerpt from Dr. King's book entitled "The Measure of Man" defines the physical and spiritual doctrines of Man. The passage highlights the sinful nature of human beings.

Who Are We?

In this sermon Dr. King contemplates "who are we?" and "what is man?". He differentiates between the pessimistic attitudes of the materialistic understandings of man and the optimistic attitudes of humanistic definitions of man. King also states that man is neither all good nor all bad, but a combination. Man is both an everlasting miracle and mystery.


Dr. King discusses the danger of subjective religion without objective religion.

Worship (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman's "Methods of Private Religious Living."