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Optimism

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

Sin

Dr. King explains the relationship between punishment and sin by referencing the biblical verse, I Chronicles 21:17.

Jeremiah

In this series of ten notecards, Dr. King breaks down the Book of Jeremiah into mutiple sections, including chapters and versus regarding Good, knowledge, sin, and forgiveness.

Religion

Dr. King quotes Ferre's view on religion.

Evil

Dr. King outlines his views on evil and categorizes it into three types.

Song of Songs

Dr. King writes a brief summary of the book Song of Songs.

Barth on Dogmatics

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

Man

Dr. King quotes Proverbs 3:5 on human insight and knowledge and reflects upon its meaning.

Suffering

Dr. King quotes William James' essay "Is Life Worth Living?"

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King notes Herbert Spencer’s definition of religion.

Schleiermacher (Religion as Contemplation)

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

Knudson, Albert C.

Dr. King cites a work by Christian theologian, Albert Knudson.

War

Dr. King quotes the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches on war in an atomic age being a sin against God, as reported in The Christian Century.

God's Existence

Dr. King cites Paul Tillich's perception of God's existence. This ideology is a Christological paradox for God "is being-itself" and beyond the essence of existence.

Jesus

Dr. King makes reference to Jesus' recognition among those not of the Christian faith.

Suffering

Dr. King notes that Deuteronomy 8:3 suggests that the purpose of suffering is to teach higher spiritual truths.

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.

Gethsemane

Dr. King notes the Biblical story of Jesus' experience before his crucifixion. He uses the parable to speak to the human experience of pain and the faith one must have in God. Jesus went to Gethsemane to pray. He brought apostles John, James, and Peter and had them take watch while he prayed in the garden. When Jesus returned, his friends were sleeping. At this moment, Jesus realized their indifference to his agony. Though standing in pain and loneliness, Jesus used his faith in God to accept his situation as it was, with no efforts of escape.

God (Isaiah)

Dr. King provides text from the Old Testament book of Isaiah highlighting the "ethical nature of God."

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.”

Religion (Definition)

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

Man

Dr. King quotes T. E. Hulme's publication Speculation regarding the nature of man.

Faith

Dr. King agrees with Justin Martyr on faith and rationality.

God

Dr. King contextualizes the speed of God.

Celsus

Dr. King writes about Celsus, a second century Greek philosopher who opposed Christianity.

Sin

Dr. King quotes Blaise Pascal's "Pensees."

Anglicanism

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

Latitudinarianism

Dr. King defines latitudinarianism, a term "applied to a liberal opinion which allows the diversity of opinion."

Faith

Dr. King quotes William James' "The Sentiment of Rationality" on faith.

Religious Experience

Dr. King quotes Blaise Pascal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and G. K. Chesterton on the need for trying the Christian experiment to have the Christian experience.