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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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Church, Negro

Dr. King provides insight on the interaction between the church and the Negro youth.

Religion

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

Love

Dr. King writes on the Apostle Paul’s concept of love.

Spencer, Herbert

Dr. King quotes Herbert Spencer's "First Principles" on the subject of evolution.

Faith

Dr. King quotes an excerpt from William Adams Brown's "Beliefs that Matter."

Satan

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

Objects and the Nature of Thought

Dr. King notates the various explanations of "objects" and "the nature of thought."

Sacrifice

Dr. King cites passages from Leviticus that suggest that the smell of sacrifice is pleasing to God.

Immortality

Dr. King finds the best description of the unknowable nature of immortality in the New Testament of the Bible. It is a fragment of 1 Corinthians 2:9 regarding heaven.

Lenin

Dr. King labels a quote from Vladimir Lenin "a false dictum."

Dictator

Dr. King reveals the definition of a dictator according to Plato.

Schleiermacher (What Is the Operation of Grace)

Dr. King records a quote from Friedrich Schleiermacher's work "On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers."

Sin

Dr. King quotes Isaiah 9:17, a passage from the Bible concerning sin.

Evil

Dr. King quotes the definition of evil and conceptualizes it as a "frustration."

Patripassianism

Dr. King gives a definition of patripassianism.

Redirecting Emotion

Dr. King writes on the redirection of emotion as a method of emotion management. He states that in order for one's emotion to be successfully redirected, one must project their emotion onto a different, unifying object, namely an ideal.

Sin

Dr. King writes on sin as described in Jeremiah 4:22.

God

Dr. King references the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy to illustrate God's perfection.

Religion

This document is a notecard titled "Religion," in which Dr. King expounds on John Dewey's definition of religion in "A Common Faith" as a "purely ethical meaning" of religion.

Worship

Dr. King references William Ernest Hocking and James Bissett Pratt regarding religious worship.

Relation Between Eternal Objects and Actual Occasions

Philosophically rooted, the set of notes on this series of cards explores metaphysical claims for the understanding that each "eternal object" is necessarily connected to an "actual occasion." Dr. King quotes Alfred North Whitehead's "Science and the Modern World" and speaks to the actualization of an event as result of possibilities.

Theology

Dr. King cites theologian Emil Brunner's "The Mediator," and discusses the topic of theology as it relates to the church.

Zephaniah and Knowledge

Dr. King places the biblical prophet Zephaniah historically and cites Zephaniah 3:12 and 3:17 on knowledge received from God.

Man (Hamlet)

Dr. King quotes from the Shakespearean play.

Homogeneous Thoughts & Heterogeneous Thoughts

Dr. King describes Alfred North Whitehead's distinction between homogeneous and heterogeneous thought in "The Concept of Nature."

Pride of Achievement

Dr. King quotes II Chronicles 26:15 regarding King Uzziah and cites Ralph Sockman’s “The Higher Happiness.”

Progress

Dr. King notes and comments on a quote from James H. Robinson's "The New History" on the eternal law of progress.

Evil

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

Nationalism

Dr. King refers to Jeremiah 1:5, explaining that this passage represents a departure from nationalism toward a more universal emphasis.

Progress

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