Chapter

The Host of Witnesses

Richard Wayne Wills Sr

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

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195308990
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199867578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308990.003.0002
The Host of Witnesses

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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

Chapter.  12792 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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