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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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King among the Theologians

King among the Theologians

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

Richard Wayne Wills Sr

Oxford University Press

This chapter locates and identifies King’s theological anthropology within the larger doctrinal spectrum while revealing the extent to which his image of God conception accounted for similar and/or divergent anthropologic conclusions. This chapter, therefore, considers the ways in which King’s anthropology identifies with that of earlier thinkers who also sought to address these essential questions, thereby rendering responses that either heightened or lowered their respective sense of expectation insofar as the issue of human capacity was concerned. At bottom, it clarifies the degree of King’s expectation regarding humanity’s capacity to progress socially and where he finally weighs in on the question of image of God, given the richness of this vast theological tradition.

Keywords:   doctrinal spectrum, tradition, theological location, expectation, divergent, similar

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