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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.

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Suffering

Dr. King cites chapter 5, verse 7 of the Old Testament book of Job. This scripture highlights the fact that trouble is necessary in life.

Predestination

Dr. King defines predestination.

Prophet

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

Fundamentalism

Dr. King discusses the concept of religious fundamentalism as it relates to the Christian faith.

The Categories

Dr. King contemplates the fourth level of ontological concepts, which focus on the categories of thought and being. Referencing Paul Tillich, King notes the categories that are most relevant to theology.

Immortality

Dr. King quotes Alfred Tennyson on the topic of immortality.

Augustine (Concept of Evil)

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

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Edgar S. Brightman's "Philosophy of Religion."

Bacon

Dr. King notes Alexander Pope's characterization of Francis Bacon.

Religion

Dr. King writes on the topic of religion, stating that the people living in the 18th century regarded religion as "the source of both political tyranny and social conflict."

Capitalism

Dr. King illustrates a relationship between capitalism and anarchism.

Progress

Dr. King quotes from Browning's "A Death in the Desert."

God (His Existence)

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God

Dr. King expounds on "the eternality of God" by using the Book of Psalms.

Christianity

Dr. King outlines Angus' interpretation of Hegel's views on Christianity in the book, "The Mystery Religion and Christianity."

Man, a Being of Becoming

Dr. King documents ideas regarding the philosophy of man. Using the metaphor of a "flowing stream," he addresses man's experience from infancy through adulthood.

Sin

Dr. King explains the relationship between punishment and sin by referencing the biblical verse, I Chronicles 21:17.

Pelagianism

Dr. King defines Pelagianism as the belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without divine aid.

Hegel

Dr. King discusses the Hegelian philosophy regarding man and God.

A. N. Whitehead

Dr. King quotes Alfred North Whitehead's view of the philosophy of science in The Concept of Nature.

Style

Dr. King references Voltaire and his views regarding the impact of the style in which one chooses to express himself.

Theology and Science

Dr. King cites Albert Knudson's "The Doctrine of God" as a source on theology and science.

God

Dr. King cites the Old Testament biblical book of Deuteronomy expressing that there is only one God.

Worship

Dr. King describes Edgar S. Brightman’s four attitudes of worship in “Philosophy of Religion.”

Emotionalism in Religion

Dr. King records a quote from a book entitled "The Gift of Tongues, A Study in the Pathological Aspects of Christianity".

Homoionsios

Dr. King gives a definition of the Greek term "homoionsios."

God

Dr. King quotes Blaise Pascal's statement that there is no "medium point" as it relates to God.

Miracle

Dr. King quotes an excerpt from Fosdick's "Modern Use of the Bible."

Kant

Dr. King outlines principles of Kantian philosophy regarding morality and religion.