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Judaism

Dr. King outlines some principles regarding Judaism according to Pope Pius XII.

Kierkegaard

Dr. King writes notes regarding Danish philosopher and theologian Doren Kierkegaard's views on ethics and religion.

Jesus' Ethical Character

Dr. King documents biblical passages that highlight Jesus' virtues.

Suffering

Dr. King writes that the view of suffering in Job 20 is fallacious.

Freudianism

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr on the subject of Freudianism from "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

I Wish...

Dr. King writes a nursery rhyme on wishes.

Jesus Christ

Dr. King references theological literature regarding the development of Christianity.

Certainty (Religious)

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

Pilgrimage to Nonviolence

Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, INDIA

Dr. King's essay "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" provides a replete account of the thinkers, ideas and sentiments responsible for his pledge to nonviolence.

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.

Social Ethics

Dr. King cites the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy and expresses that "the death penalty is applied to anyone who steals from his brother or carries him away in slavery."

Catholicism

Dr. King references American theologian Niebuhr's ideas regarding Catholicism and quotes, "It pretended that the church could mediate the divine, mercy and judgement without itself standing under that judgement or requiring that mercy." This quotes derives from Niebuhr's book "The Pope's Domesticated God."

Forgiveness

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

Evil (Natural)

Dr. King cites Albert Knudson on the topic of evil.

Sin

Dr. King quotes two verses from the book of Leviticus.

The Suffering Servant

ISRAEL

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.

Ralph Bunch Cooke's High School Report Card

Tuesday, February 28, 1967
Kentucky (KY)

This document is Ralph Bunch Cooke's report card reflecting his four years as a student at North Warren High School in Smiths Grove, Kentucky.

Marxism

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr’s “The Nature and Destiny of Man.”

MLK Index Card

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

Religion (Its Inescapableness)

Dr. King quotes Nels F. S. Ferre's "Faith and Reason" on religion as the "inescapable" bind between us and the universe.

Methodology, Tests of Truth

Dr. King discusses Henry Nelson Wieman's test of truth in religion described in "The Source of Human Good."

Man

Dr. King quotes Jeremiah 17:5 and suggests that “those of us who oppose humanism” might speak against it like Jeremiah did and provide a rational defense of theism.

Toynbee

Dr. King quotes British historian Arnold J. Toynbee from his work "A Study of History."

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.”

Schleiermacher (The Church)

Dr. King quotes Friedrich Schleiermacher's "The Christian Faith."

Authoritarianism

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

Schleiermacher

Dr. King outlines Friedrich Schleiermacher's concept of religion.

Worship

Dr. King critiques the Protestant Church worship services.

Doctrines

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

Sin

Dr. King writes that Isaiah 1:18-20 indicates that sacrifices are not needed to be saved from sin; willingness and obedience are the way to be saved.