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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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Worship

Dr. King describes Edgar S. Brightman’s four attitudes of worship in “Philosophy of Religion.”

God

Dr. King records his thoughts on the book of Deuteronomy to illustrate the oneness of God.

World

Dr. King discusses Paul Tillich's definition of the world as a "unity of manifoldness" in "Systematic Theology."

Definitions

Dr. King defines a set of words such as, "Gospel" and "Justification."

God

Dr. King quotes a passage from "The Historic Faith and a Changing World," by Norman Pittenger.

Faith

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

The Nationalism of Ezra

This note card outlines Ezra views on "mixed marriages."

Jeremiah

Dr. King records several scriptures from the biblical Book of Jeremiah.

Certainty (Religious)

Dr. King refers to Brightman's "Philosophy of Religion" in regard to religious certainty.

Faith In The Heart

Dr. King uses the steadfast faith of biblical figures Abraham and Paul to express his desire to part from the traditionalism of religion and make it applicable to all aspects of a person's life. King also iterates this position by using excerpts from various philosophers such as Edgar Brightman and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Paint

Noting the vastness of the sky and "heavens," Dr. King comments on the Earth, stars, and surrounding planets.

Sin

Dr. King outlines some insights regarding moral duty and sin.

Repentance

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

Soul

Dr. King quotes Ephesus of Heraclitus' thoughts on soul.

Evil

Dr. King references the concept of evil.

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.

Trent, Canons and Decrees of the Council of

Dr. King records some thoughts on the Decrees of the Council of Trent regarding the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation.

Idealism

Dr. King cites several statements regarding idealism.

Aristotle's Psy

Dr. King writes about Aristotle's views on the soul.

Evil (The Problem of)

Dr. King records thoughts on the problem of evil with references to the British philosopher John Stuart Mill and Job.

Fear

Dr. King quotes John Watson's "Behaviorism" on the two things that incite fear.

Man

Dr. King quotes Psalms 144:4 and comments briefly on this biblical passage.

Cause, Error and Law

Dr. King quotes from Alfred North Whitehead's The Concept of Nature.

God (Zephaniah)

Dr. King discusses the Book of Zephaniah which includes the perception of God and the people of Israel.

Reason and Faith

Dr. King writes a quote from William Spurrier's Guide to the Christian Faith.

Unity

Dr. King documents insight regarding unity, reason, and God.

Immortality

Dr. King references Thomas Carlyle regarding the topic of immortality.

Class Notes: Joshua

This eleven card series features Biblical verses from the Book of Joshua which Dr. King references under specific subject titles. The section titles range from "Knowledge" to "Passages for Homiletical Use."

God

Dr. King cites "Totem and Tabu" and "The Future of an Illusion" for Sigmund Freud's view on the origin of the idea of God.

Suffering (Psalms)

Dr. King references the biblical Book of Psalms regarding the topic of suffering.