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Location & Situation

Dr. King compares the meanings of "location" and "situation."

The Suffering Servant

Dr. King writes that Isaiah 53 presents a different view of the servant from chapters 42, 49 and 50. The concept of God's servant evolved from that of Israel as a nation, to the spiritual or inner Israel, to an individual who would take up the work that the others would not. King concludes that the prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth.

God

Dr. King wrote these notes on the concept of God while reading "Science and the Modern World" and "Religion in the Making" by Alfred North Whitehead. He quotes Whitehead, stating that God is the "perpetual vision of the road which leads to the deeper realities."

Individualization and Participation

Dr. King records notes on the individualization and participation of man.

Social Philosophy

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “Systematic Theology.”

Descartes

Dr. King quotes Rene Descartes' discovery of his famous principle. The idea, "I think, therefore I am," Descartes says, is essential, irrefutable and fitting to be the first principle of his philosophy.

Freedom

Dr. King elaborates on the ideas of Paul Tillich regarding the doctrine of freedom. Mr. Tillich details the affirmation of determinism capabilities and the function of "will."

Ethics (A Criticism of Philosophical Ethics)

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

MLK's Transcript from Crozer Theological Seminary

Wednesday, December 6, 1950

In 1948, Dr. King entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. Engaging in a sincere quest for knowledge, he sought stimulation in the works of several prominent areas, like philosophy and theology. As a result of his efforts and achievements at Crozer, Dr. King was chosen as the Valedictorian of the graduating class of 1951.

Sin I and Sin II

Dr. King cites scripture in examining concepts of sin.

MLK's Examination Book for Bible Course

Tuesday, December 3, 1946

Dr. King writes six short essays for an examination in his Bible course.

Evil (Problem of)

Dr. King discusses the concept of evil.

Monotheism

Dr. King describes monotheism, the belief in the existence of one God, as it compares to Hebrews and Greeks in a civilized world. He quotes Albert C. Knudson from "Religious Teachings of the Old Testament."

Religious Leadership

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

Environmental Influence

Dr. King contemplates "environmental influence" by comparing Spencer and Darwin.

Bifurcation of Nature

Dr. King notes Alfred North Whitehead's views on the bifurcation of nature into apparent and causal nature in "The Concept of Nature."

Social Ethics

This biblical scripture, deriving from the book of Deuteronomy, suggests that people who assist the poor will be blessed.

Man

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

Truth

Dr. King quotes Robert Browning's "Paracelsus."

Doctrines

Dr. King records a definition of the word "doctrine."

Morality and Religion

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

Spirit of Law[s]

Dr. King summarizes “The Spirit of the Laws,” written by Montesquieu, a political philosopher of the Enlightenment period.

Events

Dr. King quotes Lawrence's dissertation on the meaning of events in nature.

Righteousness

Dr. King records a quote on righteousness from Karl Barth's "The Epistle to the Romans."

Immortality

In this series of note cards, Dr. King interprets Ecclesiastes 3:18-19 as "a clear explicit rejection of immortality."

Essay on Walter Rauschenbusch

This essay exams Walter Rauschenbushch views on the relationship between the Church and Society.

Barth

Dr. King notes Swiss theologian Karl Barth's favorite expression on revelation.

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.

Job

Dr. King reflects on the purpose of suffering in the Book of Job and how Job deals with it.

Kingdom of God

Dr. King notes the origin of the ideology of God having sovereign rule over the universe.