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7 Remarkable Things That Martin Luther King Jr. Said

A man that died for equality. This is in remembrance of him.

Perhaps most famously known for his speech on Equality, Martin Luther King Jr. was no doubt a controversial figure, nonetheless incredibly crucial to history. He will be remembered as an invaluable asset to moral progress & for the gruesome quest for equality.

I have been reading on him all day and I thought a lot of the things I was reading as very interesting and I wanted to share them on this blog. Here’s 7 things you may have not heard Luther King Jr. say:

On Capitalism

“Capitalism forgets that life is social…and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis… that combines the truths of both.”

“[We as Americans] have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice” when “the fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor — both black and white, here and abroad.

Capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor — both black and white, here and abroad.

On Nonviolent Protest

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

“Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world.”

He also held what historical Christendom would find as controversial theological views on divine Sonship and the Resurrection:

On Sonship:

“. . . the evidence for the tenability of this doctrine is too shallow to convince any objective thinker . . . ”

On The Resurrection of Christ

“. . . the external evidence for the authenticity of this doctrine is found wanting . . . ”

Some More of His Views on Other Christian Doctrines:

Others doctrines such as a supernatural plan of salvation, the Trinity, the substitutionary theory of the atonement, and the second coming of Christ are all quite prominent in fundamentalist thinking. Such are the views of the fundamentalist and they reveal that he is opposed to theological adaptation to social and cultural change. He sees a progressive scientific age as a retrogressive spiritual age. Amid change all around he is willing to preserve certain ancient ideas even though they are contrary to science.

I hope you found this interesting.

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