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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God$
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Richard W. Wills

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308990.001.0001

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The Host of Witnesses

The Host of Witnesses

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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God

Richard Wayne Wills Sr

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how King’s formative influences contributed to the theological development of his image of God conception by providing a detailed explanation as to why he considered that chosen position theologically tenable. It discusses the theological influences of King’s childhood and the insights gained during his eleven years of academic preparation at Morehouse College, Crozier Theological Seminary, and Boston University, as a means of exploring how his earlier exposure to his father’s so-called biblical fundamentalism and later introductions to strands of neo-orthodoxy and liberalism ultimately solidified his interpretation of image of God. Additionally, it considers King within the context of 20th-century African American thought and the rich milieu occupied by its various theologians and activists

Keywords:   formative, influences, liberalism, fundamentalism, university, liberation theology, academic preparation

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