King as Critical Thinker

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:
King as Critical Thinker

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This chapter proceeds with a theological overview of several classical thinkers and their respective interpretations of image of God and human capacity in an attempt to clarify the concept’s doctrinal development as primarily reflected in, though not necessarily restricted to, the thinking of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Aquinas. It is provided as a reminder that although King’s appropriation of image of God language is informed, to a large degree, by the immediacy of his historic social situation, he also thinks and critically engages the doctrine in relation to and as an extension of this larger body of Christian and philosophic thought.

Keywords: classical doctrine; Augustine; Luther; Calvin; Aquinas; philosophy; human capacity

Chapter.  11746 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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