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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 as Critical Thinker

King as Critical Thinker

(p.61) 3 King as Critical Thinker
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Image of God

Richard Wayne Wills Sr

Oxford University Press

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

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