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Truth

Dr. King quotes Thomas Aquinas' "The Summa Theologica."

Worship

Dr. King describes the challenge of the Protestant Church as finding a balance between objective and subjective worship.

Evil

Dr. King writes about evil, according to Jeremiah 44: 23.

Ritschl and Schleiermacher

Dr. King compares the thoughts of German theologian's Friedrich Schleiermacher and Albrecht Ritschl.

Outline on Aristotle

In this outline, Dr. King documents elements of Aristotelian philosophy which deal with ethics and metaphysics. The outline includes a brief biography which chronicles Aristotle's life and a reference to his well known work "Nicomachean Ethics."

Sin

Dr. King paraphrases a scripture from the book of Leviticus that pertains to sin.

What the Reformation Took Out

This note card lists the effects of the Reformation on Christian worship. Summarizing the consequences, Dr. King notes, "the intellectual element was overemphasized."

Christian

Dr. King defines the Christian personality accroding the John McConnachie.

Angels

Dr. King mentions the concept of patron angels that appears in Daniel 10:13, 20, and 21.

God

Dr. King cites a scripture from the Book of Job, elaborating on the goodness of God and it's correlation with human suffering.

God - His Imminence

Dr. King takes notes on the immanence of God and quotes Victorian poet Alfred Tennyson's "The Higher Pantheism."

Knowing God (Wieman)

Dr. King notes Henry Nelson Wieman's ideas on how man comes to know God.

How Modern Christians Should Think of Man

In the early 1950's, Dr. King writes a paper elaborating on how modern Christians should think about man. He discusses the difficulty of transition by idealizing the perception of man in a mild neo-orthodox or liberal view. Dr. King battles with having an optimistic view of man and the reality of his experiences in the south. He asserts that man is neither good nor bad by nature by has the potential for either. The objectivity of man as a finite child of nature is further expounded upon. He explains that man is rational, free, and a responsible being.

Peace of Mind or Soul

Dr. King quotes French physiologist Dr. Charles Richet.

Evil (Problem of)

Dr. King discusses the concept of evil.

Immortality

Dr. King quotes a scripture from the Old Testament book of Job regarding immortality and the "affirmation of the mortality of man."

Death

Dr. King documents a quote from Pascal regarding "Death."

Science (Its Limitations)

Dr. King notes that while man’s actions as an animal are biological (science), his actions as a person are spiritual and require a spiritual cause, suggesting there is a Creator God.

MLK Handwritten Notecard on "Scientific Method"

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines "Scientific Method."

Bible

Dr. King quotes John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle on the significance of the Bible.

Sin (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman’s “Normative Psychology of Religion.”

God

Dr. King quotes a passage from Psalms 77:13, which discusses the greatness of God through comparison to other gods.

Scientific Method (Its Importance)

Dr. King quotes Henry P. Van Dusen’s article “How Do We Know?” from The Christian Century on the scientific method as central to Henry Nelson Wieman’s thinking. He used this quote in his doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

God

Dr. King records his thoughts on the book of Deuteronomy to illustrate the oneness of God.

MLK's Academic Record from Harvard University

Thursday, August 13, 1953

This is an original copy of Dr. King's transcript from Harvard University, displaying his grades in two Philosophy courses.

Semi-Arianism

Dr. King records a definition of semi-Arianism.

Religion

Dr. King quotes Ernest J. Chave's "A Functional Approach to Religious Education."

Religion

Dr. King quotes William Ernest Hocking's "The Meaning of God in Human Experience."

The Self

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

Love

Dr. King quotes Ames' 1933 book entitled "Art" regarding the topic of love. "Love is the true life of man. God is love, and the kingdom of God is within us."