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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.

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Mysticism

Dr. King quotes William Ernest Hocking’s “The Meaning of God in Human Experience.”

Tritheism

Dr. King notes the definition of tritheism.

Jesus Christ

Dr. King quotes St. Irenaeus of Lyons.

Religion

Dr. King records a definition of religion from Wieman and Wieman's "Normative Psychology of Religion."

Anxiety

Dr. King distinguishes anxiety from fear, noting that fear is directed toward things, while anxiety is directed toward nothingness.

Painting

Dr. King paraphrases Homer's "The Odyssey" and quotes some prose entitled "The Bible."

Categories

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s "Systematic Theology.”

Van Til, Cornelius

Dr. King cites Cornelius Van Til's "The New Modernism."

Faith

Dr. King quotes William James' "The Sentiment of Rationality" on faith.

Revelation

Dr. King quotes Emil Brunner's "The Mediator."

Actual Occasions

Dr. King quotes philosopher Alfred North Whitehead's "Religion in the Making." He interprets the phases in events and how such events are perceived.

Dort, Canons of

Dr. King documents a brief history of the Arminian judicial decision, officially titled "The Decision of the Synod of Dort."

Hegel

Dr. King outlines principles of Hegelian Philosophy regarding the ideal German State.

Paint

Dr. King writes about the magnificent wonders of the galaxy.

Evil

Dr. King writes about evil, according to Jeremiah 44: 23.

MLK Note Card - Schleiermacher, Theology and God-consciousness

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

Schleiermacher (The Religious Man)

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

Evil

Dr. King quotes Harris Franklin Rall's "Christianity," highlighting the topic "the evil of the universe."

Sin

Dr. King writes about sin, according to Jeremiah 31: 29, 30.

God

This scripture, deriving from the Old Testament biblical book of Isaiah, illustrates God as holy.

Descartes

Dr. King quotes the French philosopher Rene Descartes on the concept of "doubt."

Reason

Dr. King cites several scriptures from the Bible regarding reason.

Barth

Dr. King notes Karl Barth's views on Jesus.

Infralapsarianism

Dr. King defines infralapsarianism.

Self

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “Systematic Theology.”

Nationalism

Dr. King quotes Charles Summer, stating that being "children of a common Father" is a "more sacred bond" than being a citizen.

Salvation

Dr. King records New Testament verses related to salvation.

America

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's view in "The Irony of American History" that "the paradise of domestic security is suspended in a hell of global insecurity."

God

Dr. King cites Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach's work "Das Wesen der Religion," in which Feuerbach illustrates his perception of God.

Greeks

Dr. King shares his personal insight on Greek and African "ability," relative to African-Americans.