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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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Man

Dr. King quotes a line from Homer's epic poem "The Iliad."

DeWolf L. Harold: RRR (1949)

New York (NY)

Dr. King references Harold DeWolf's book "The Religious Revolt Against Reason."

Social Philosophy

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

Irresistible Grace

Dr. King notes the meaning of irresistible grace.

Man

Dr. King writes his thoughts on man.

Environmental Influence

Dr. King contemplates "environmental influence" by comparing Spencer and Darwin.

The Sickness of our Society

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King describes three points that he claims as symptoms of the "Sickness of Our Society." These points include a suicide rate of one every twenty-seven minutes, more than half a million Americans in mental hospitals and three-quarters of a million with alcohol problems.

Immortality

Dr. King addresses the concept of immortality through a quote by Professor Palmer of Harvard University.

Forgiveness

Dr. King writes on the topic of "forgiveness," as mentioned in Nehemiah 9:17.

Social Ethics

Dr. King refers to Micah 3:9-12, saying the prophet condemns the love of money of civil and religious leaders. King wonders whether religious leaders today should be paid for their work and concludes that money should never be a priority over service.

Aristotle

Dr. King outlines some principles regarding Aristotelian philosophy.

Death

Dr. King quotes Nels Frederick Solomon Ferré on the subject of death from his book Evil and the Christian Faith.

Comte (A Criticism by Dr. R. flint)

Dr. King quotes a statement from Robert Flint's "Philosophy of History in France and Germany" which criticizes French philosopher, August Comte. Robert Flint was a Scottish philosopher.

Jesus Christ

Dr. King quotes St. Irenaeus of Lyons.

William James

Dr. King briefly discusses philosopher William James and his lectures entitled "The Variety of Religious Experience."

Immortality

Dr. King writes a quote from Goethe from Johann Peter Eckermann's "Conversations of Goethe."

Brightman's Idea of God

Dr. King references philosopher and theologian Edgar Brightman's idea of God. According to Brightman, God is finite and "powerful enough to lead the work toward higher and higher levels."

Suffering

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

Sin

Dr. King writes about sin, according to Jeremiah 5:4.

Naturalism (Its Losing of the Individual)

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes G. W. Knox on religion from the Harvard Theological Review.

God (Dewey)

According to Dr. King's understanding of Dewey's interpretation, God is the connection between the ideal and the actual.

Authoritarianism

Dr. King quotes William Pepperell Montague's "Ways of Knowing."

Infralapsarianism

Dr. King defines infralapsarianism.

Sin

Dr. King writes that Isaiah 1:18-20 indicates that sacrifices are not needed to be saved from sin; willingness and obedience are the way to be saved.

Kierkegaard

Dr. King writes notes regarding Danish philosopher and theologian Doren Kierkegaard's views on ethics and religion.

Immortality

Dr. King cites the Old Testament Book of Isaiah regarding the topic of immorality.

God

Dr. King quotes Karl Barth regarding the nature of God. In addition, Dr. King provides bibliographical information for the quote.

God (Niebuhr Conception)

Dr. King outlines Reinhold Niebuhr's views on God as outlined in "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Niebuhr, Reinhold

Dr. King references the preface to Reinhold Niebuhr's book, "Reflection on the End of an Era."