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Prayer

Dr. King records a prayer.

Hell (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Nikolai Berdyaev on the concept of hell.

Greeks

Dr. King shares his personal insight on Greek and African "ability," relative to African-Americans.

Man

Dr. King notes poet Algernon Charles Swinburne's ideology of man and his capabilities.

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.

The Self

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

Essay Outline by John Mates on Helmut Richard Niebuhr

Friday, April 20, 1951

John Mates contests the influence of Helmut Richard Niebuhr written contributions to the church through his congruent philosophy with Jesus Christ's message. Mr. Mates further discusses the churches relations to the societal influences of politics and economics.

Religion

Dr. King records a definition of religion from Wieman and Wieman's "Normative Psychology of Religion."

Immortality

Dr. King writes that the belief in immortality by scholars in different disciplines suggests that while immortality cannot be proved nor has it been disproved.

Sacrifice

Dr. King cites passages from Leviticus that suggest that the smell of sacrifice is pleasing to God.

Worship

Dr. King defines worship.

Materialism

Dr. King references author Emil Carl Wilm's publication, "The Problem of Religion."

MLK Index Card

Dr. King outlines Montesquier and his combination of historical and economical science.

Communism

Dr. King quotes Friedrich Engles as he clarifies that Karl "Marx was not an economic determinist as many have thought." The economic situation and superstructure of society are noted as key elements.

Forgiveness

Dr. King writes on the topic of "forgiveness," as mentioned in Nehemiah 9:17.

Authoritarianism

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

God: Judeo-Christian View vs. Greek View

Dr. King cites a passage from the Old Testament book of Psalms to compare and contrast the Jewish and Greek view of God.

Knowledge of God

Dr. King references religious philosopher Henry Nelson Wieman regarding his views on science and knowing God. In part of this eight card series, Dr. King records Wieman's belief that "It is probable he can never be known completely; but we can increase our knowledge of Him by contemplation... and form scientific methods on the other."

Essay on Violence and Nonviolence

The impractical and immoral effect of violence and testimony to the moral power and efficiency of nonviolence are discussed in this essay. Violence is recognized as achieving social justice with great results, but not without damage to society. Although a much tougher way of seeking social justice, nonviolence is a more satisfying lasting solution.

Evil

Dr. King quotes James Ward's "The Realm of Dr. King quotes James Ward's "The Realm of Ends" on the subject of evil.

Brightman's Idea of God

Dr. King references philosopher and theologian Edgar Brightman's idea of God. According to Brightman, God is finite and "powerful enough to lead the work toward higher and higher levels."

Sabellianism

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

Miracle

Dr. King references the Old Testament Biblical Book of Numbers regarding the topic of miracles.

Pride

Dr. King quotes Bertrand Russell’s “Power: A New Social Analysis.”

Morality

Dr. King quotes Adolf Hitler on the "dirty and degrading self-mortification" of conscience and morality, from Erich Meissner's "Confusion of Faces."

Ferm, Vergilius (ed)

Dr. King cites a book written by Vergilius Ferm that discusses theology in America.

Man

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “Systematic Theology” on man as the telos (purpose) of creation.

Religious Leadership

Dr. King cites Henry Nelson Wieman's "Normative Psychology of Religion."

God

Dr. King quotes St. Thomas Aquinas on the concept of God.

Immortality

Dr. King references the book of Psalms regarding the subject of immortality.