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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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Gregory the Great (540-604)

ITALY

Dr. King outlines historical information regarding Gregory the Great otherwise known as Pope Gregory I.

Man the Sinner

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

God: Attributes, Relation to World et.

Dr. King references numerous biblical scriptures on the attributes of God.

Authoritarianism

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

Esther

Dr. King discusses the religious and moral teachings in the biblical book of Esther.

God

Dr. King cites a scripture from the biblical book of Isaiah which demonstrates the eternalness and holiness of God.

Preaching

Dr. King notes three points about preaching.

Class Notes: Deuteronomy

Dr. King discusses the theological concepts of God, man, sin, individual ethics, and social ethics. He also outlines the history of the Biblical book, Deuteronomy.

Zephaniah and Knowledge

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

Religion

Dr. King writes about the role of religion as an ideal and as a unifying force.

Jesus Christ

Dr. King quotes Baruch Spinoza's "Epistle 21" to Henry Oldenburg.

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes John M. E. McTaggart's "Some Dogmas of Religion."

Location & Situation

Dr. King compares the meanings of "location" and "situation."

Nature and Thought

Dr. King summarizes views of Alfred North Whitehead in ?The Concept of Nature.?

Morality

SOUTH AFRICA

Dr. King documents a quote from British statesman John Morley regarding the morality of war. Dr. King refers to the quote, taken from Morley's publication "Recollection," as a "grand, potent monosyllable." Following the citation, Dr. King comments, "This is an agnostic talking."

America

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King quotes a statement from American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr regarding the country's "historic situation in which the paradise of domestic security is suspended in a hell of global insecurity."

God

ISRAEL

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

Barth

Dr. King writes about Karl Barth's theology regarding revelation.

Sabellianism

Dr. King defines "Sabellianism" as the concept of acknowledging God as one entity with three modes.

Irresistible Grace

Dr. King notes the meaning of irresistible grace.

Job

Dr. King reflects on the purpose of suffering in the Book of Job and how Job deals with it.

Anxiety

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

Materialism

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

Manichaeism

Dr. King describes Manichaeism, a religion and philosophical doctrine that originated in Persia.

Leibnitz's Doctrine of Evil

Dr. King cites Albert C. Knudson's "Doctrine of Redemption."

Christ

Dr. King quotes Albert Knudson's thoughts about how the disciples viewed Jesus Christ.

Judaism

Dr. King highlights a quote regarding the distinction between Reform, Orthodox and Conservative Judaism.

Revelation

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

Protagoras

Dr. King writes about Protagoras’ view that appearance is reality.

God

Dr. King explores the topic of God and quotes the classical scholar Gilbert Murray.