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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 cites Albert Knudson's "The Doctrine of God" as an able defense on mysticism.

Reason (Its Value in Revelation)

Dr. King quotes John Locke’s “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book IV.”

Protagoras

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

Schleiermacher

Dr. King quotes theologian Schleiermacher regarding the universe.

Bible

Dr. King compares the views of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Friedrich Schleiermacher on the Christian Bible.

Lenin

The role of State in Society is described as Dr. King documents a quote from the book "The State and Revolution" written by Vladimir Lenin.

Problems of Whitehead

Dr. King discusses the problem of metaphysical dualism as presented by philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Dr. King reviewed much of Whitehead's work while at Boston University and later quoted him in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

Idealism

Dr. King cites several statements regarding idealism.

Manichaeism

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

Hosea

Dr. King writes notes regarding the prophet Hosea and his views of God.

God

Dr. King quotes Jeremiah 29:13-14, noting that man can find God if he searches with all his heart.

Ethics (A Criticism of Philosophical Ethics)

Dr. King references Emil Brunner’s "The Divine Imperative: A Study in Christian Ethics."

Worship

Dr. King quotes a passage regarding worship, from Samuel Arthur Devan's "Ascent to Zion."

God (Niebuhr Conception)

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Nature and Destiny of Man" on the transcendence of God and His intimate relation to the world.

Sin

Dr. King references Dewey and his view of evil.

Scientific Method

Dr. King discusses the scientific method according to Henry Nelson Wieman's "Issues of Life."

Spirit

Dr. King records some thoughts on the meaning of "spirit."

Faith and Reason

Dr. King references Albert Knudson's "The Doctrine of God."

Religion (Definition)

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

Totalitarianism

Dr. King quotes a modern historian on their ideas of totalitarianism.

Irresistible Grace

Dr. King notes the meaning of irresistible grace.

Repentance

Dr. King clarifies the meaning of repentance according to the Old Testament.

Exodus

Dr. King wrote these note cards, marked "Class Notes," on Exodus. He focuses on the topics of knowledge, the doctrine of God, sin, ethics, social ethics, and the covenant.

The Self

Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman's book "The Source of Human Good."

Immaculate Conception

Dr. King reflects on the birth of Christ and the fact that Mary was "kept free from original sin."

Mind

Dr. King writes on Herbert Spencer's interpretation of the mind.

God (His Love)

Dr. King writes about God's love, quoting and reflecting on Proverbs 3: 11-12.

Preaching

Dr. King quotes Samuel Arthur Devan's "Ascent to Zion."

Philosophy

Dr. King records a note on G. K. Chesterson's view on man's personal philosophy.

The Servant of Jehovah

Dr. King writes that Isaiah 41:1-6 seems to describe the servant of the Lord as the personification of Israel, whose task is to bring peace and prosperity to Israel and knowledge of Him to the entire world.