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Optimism

Dr. King quotes F. S. Marvin's "The Living Past."

Man

Dr. King interprets Jeremiah 51:17 to mean that man compared to God is stupid and man's knowledge compared to God's infinite knowledge is nothing.

MLK's Perception of God and Repenting

Dr. King quotes a scripture from the Bible elaborating on God's inability to repent or do evil.

Knowledge

Dr. King references a biblical scripture regarding the topic knowledge.

Schleiermacher (The Immanence of God)

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

Suffering

Dr. King records J. S. Mill’s view of suffering.

Method of Ex Abstraction

Dr. King writes notes regarding philosopher Alfred Whitehead's theory of extensive abstraction.

Matter (Aristotelian Concept)

Here, Dr. King discusses the functional differences between matter and form.

Miracles

Dr. King paraphrases the Old Testament scripture of Exodus chapter 13, verse 22, in which God leads the Israelites with a cloud by day and a a pillar of fire by night.

The Secular in Relation to the Holy

Dr. King quotes theologian and philosopher Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology." Dr. King's doctoral degree is in systematic theology from Boston University and his dissertation is on Paul Tillich. According to Tillich, secular and holy correlate and cannot act separately. Tillich states, "The holy embraces itself and the secular."

Science

Dr. King records a definition of "science", quoted from John F. X. Pyne's "The Mind."

Anglicanism

This note card briefly compares Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism and Calvinism.

Sin

Dr. King cites a scripture from the Old Testament biblical Book of Leviticus regarding the transformation of sin.

Apocalyptic Religion

Dr. King quotes John Oman's "the Natural and The Supernatural."

Social Ethics

Dr. King cites the Old Testament biblical book of Exodus regarding social ethics.

Philosophy of History

Dr. King quotes a statement regarding history from American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness."

Liberal Theology

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

Man

Dr. King quotes Nobel Literature Prize winner William Faulkner on the prospects for man.

Schleiermacher's Distinction

Dr. King documents German philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher's view on one of the distinctions between Protestantism and Catholicism.

Eternal Objects

Dr. King cites Alfred North Whitehead's book "Science and the Modern World."

God

Dr. King quotes Dr. William Temple, stating that "God minus the world equals God; the world minus God equals nothing."

Justice

Dr. King provides his views regarding the concept of justice.

God (Niebuhr Conception)

Dr. King outlines Reinhold Niebuhr's views on God as outlined in "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Dewey

Dr. King records John Dewey's views on philosophy and religion.

Mysticism

Dr. King cites a passage from American philosopher William Ernest Hocking's "Meaning of God in Human Experience," in which he discusses various forms of mysticism.

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.

Race Problem

Dr. King discusses the solution to the race problem, citing Reinhold Niebuhr's view that human methods are irrational.

Barth on Dogmatics

Dr. King examines Karl Barth's view of dogmatics as an act of faith.

Lenin

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

The Sickness of our Society

Dr. King describes three points that he claims as symptoms of the "Sickness of Our Society." These points include a suicide rate of one every twenty-seven minutes, more than half a million Americans in mental hospitals and three-quarters of a million with alcohol problems.