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Notecard Regarding Capitalism

This notecard quotes Walter Rauschenbusch's thoughts on capitalism.


Dr. King quotes Plato's views regarding God.


Dr. King discusses the idea that Jesus Christ is the only direct form of revelation, which was proposed in Emil Brunner's "The Mediator."


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

Morehouse Introduction to Philosophy Notes

These typed notes from Dr. King’s early years at Morehouse College are for an Introduction to Philosophy course led by Professor Samuel Williams. King outlines the topic of highest ends: motive and standard, changing and unchanging morality, and reason and emotion that determine the standard.


Dr. King paraphrases Paul Tillich's view on the "self world polarity." Being a self, Dr. King writes, means being "both subject and object." This subject matter later appeared in Dr. King's dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."

Augustine's Doctrine of Evil

Dr. King cites Albert Knudson's "The Doctrine of Redemption.

Social Ethics

Dr. King refers to Micah 3:9-12, saying the prophet condemns the love of money of civil and religious leaders. King wonders whether religious leaders today should be paid for their work and concludes that money should never be a priority over service.

Schleiermacher (The Essence of Christianity)

Dr. King writes that Friedrich Schleiermacher describes the essence of Christianity as a belief in Jesus as the origin of the Christian faith and his work as that of redemption.


Dr. King records several scriptures from the biblical Book of Jeremiah.


Dr. King paraphrases Homer's "The Odyssey" and quotes some prose entitled "The Bible."

The Bible

Dr. King records notes regarding Protestant Orthodoxy and its great error in dealing with the Bible.

Zephaniah and Knowledge

Dr. King places the biblical prophet Zephaniah historically and cites Zephaniah 3:12 and 3:17 on knowledge received from God.

A. N. Whitehead

Dr. King quotes Alfred North Whitehead's view of the philosophy of science in The Concept of Nature.

The Philosophy of Life Undergirding Christianity and The Christian Ministry

In this essay fragment from his Crozer Seminary days, Dr. King writes that Christianity is a value philosophy whose values are embodied in the life of Christ. He begins to spell out what those values are. The first, King states, is the value of the world as something positive and life-affirming, in contrast to the negative view of the world of the ascetics and religions of India. The second value is that of persons, who have supreme worth. People must be used as ends, never as means to ends, although there have been periods in history where Christianity has fallen short.


Dr. King discusses the relationship between the physical and spiritual elements of man. He notes four theories that describe the nature of soul and body.


Dr. King references the religious philosopher William Ernest Hocking regarding the topic of evil.

Evil (Problem of)

Dr. King discusses the concept of evil.

Philosopher (definition)

Dr. King quotes poet William Wordsworth's definition of a philosopher.


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

Syllabus for Christian Social Philosophy II- Kenneth L. Smith

Dr. King earned an A in this course in 1951 and did his presentation on Jacques Maritain. This syllabus contains the reading requirements for the course and directions for a concluding presentation and report.


Dr. King documents a J.B. Pratt quote from "What is Pragmatism."

Forgiveness and Repentance

Dr. King reviews a passage from the Book of Ezekiel regarding forgiveness and repentance. Summarizing the verse, he states that repentance involves an "actual change of attitude" and forgiveness includes forgetting past mistakes.


Dr. King documents a quote from philosopher Thomas Hegel regarding God and knowledge before commenting with his own thoughts.

The Practical Value of Religion

Dr. King writes about Albrecht Ritschl's views on the practical value of religion.


Dr. King writes on "man" and considers the evolutionary thinking behind "the survival of the fit."

Article on Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Wednesday, May 27, 1964


Dr. King references Heinrich von Treitschke, a German historian and political writer, regarding the responsibilities of the state.


This document is a notecard titled "Religion," in which Dr. King expounds on John Dewey's definition of religion in "A Common Faith" as a "purely ethical meaning" of religion.

MLK Outline on Preaching Ministry

Dr. King outlines the development of the preaching ministry. As an aspiring minister, Dr. King expresses how he wishes to develop his own ministry and provides ideas of the message he desires to share.