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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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Man (Cause of Sin)

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr’s “The Nature and Destiny of Man.”

God (Knowledge of)

Dr. King references St. Thomas Aquinas' "Summa Contra Gentiles" in a quotation focusing on man's "threefold knowledge of divine things."

Scientific Method (Its Importance)

Dr. King quotes Henry P. Van Dusen’s article “How Do We Know?” from The Christian Century on the scientific method as central to Henry Nelson Wieman’s thinking. He used this quote in his doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

Christianity

Dr. King writes about the concept of Christianity.

Sin (Isaiah)

Dr. King highlights the topic of sin, according to the Book of Isaiah.

Notecard Listing Various Scriptures from Isaiah

Dr. King lists numerous scriptures from the Old Testament book of Isaiah related to the topics of righteous living, anger and sin.

Clement of Alexandria

Dr. King gives brief biographical information on Clement of Alexandria.

God (His Love)

Dr. King writes that the answer to F. W. H. Myers' question about whether the universe is friendly lies at the basis of religion. His cites E. C. Wilm's "The Problem of Religion."

Robert L. Cope

Dr. King references Robert L. Cope’s article “Nature and/or Grace.”

Sin

Dr. King paraphrases a scripture from the book of Leviticus that pertains to sin.

Sin (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman’s “Normative Psychology of Religion.”

Schleiermacher (Where Religion Is to Be Found)

Dr. King quotes Friedrich Schleiermacher’s “Speeches on Religion.” The full title of this work is “On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers.”"

Liberal Theology

Dr. King paraphrases [Theodore G.] Soares on the religious liberal.

Santayana

Dr. King records George Santayana’s poem, “Oh World, Thou Choosest Not the Better Part!”

Power

Dr. King quotes Bertrand Russell’s “Power: A New Social Analysis.”

Social Justice

Dr. King notes that Isaiah 1:11-17 describes various forms of worship and declares that God will not hear them but demands righteousness and fulfillment of social obligations. He compares this passage with the prophet Amos.

Jesus

Dr. King outlines some thoughts on the effect Jesus' life had on his followers.

Religion

Dr. King paraphrases H. G. Wells.

God (His Love)

Dr. King quotes Borden Parker Bowne's "Studies in Christianity" on God's infinite love for humanity.

Communism

Dr. King quotes a statement from Jacques Maritain's "True Harmonism" regarding communism. Jacques Maritain was a famous French Catholic philosopher.

Sin

Dr. King offers two possible interpretations of Psalms 53:1.

God in Isaiah

Dr. King cites Isaiah 55: 8,9 on the holiness and transcendence of God and distinguishes this from an anthropomorphic view of God.

Materialism

Dr. King quotes Hugh Elliott’s “Modern Science and Materialism.”

Love of God

Dr. King cites a scripture from the biblical book of Isaiah referencing God's goal to redeem all mankind.

Prophecy (Micah)

Dr. King sketches notes on the prophet Micah, maintaining "...that the true prophet is one who draws his inspiration...from Jehovah his God."

Revelation

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

God

Dr. King cites a scripture from the Old Testament biblical book of Isaiah demonstrating God's wrath.

Hegel

Dr. King references German philosopher, George Hegal, in this handwritten notecard.

God

Dr. King writes about God, according to Isaiah 40: 12-31.

Worship

Dr. King critiques the Protestant Church worship services.