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January 19th, 2009 No comments

Theologica has a good post on Martin Luther King’s plagiarism, adultery, and non-Christian religious beliefs. Samuel Francis has an even more negative essay that I haven’t read all the way through. In a quick look I couldn’t find a good listing of MLK’s accomplishments. He did some good things, I seem to remember, but Google gives me trivial lists and general praise.

Here is an excerpt from a paper that King wrote in 1949 while he was an assistant pastor and taking seminary classes. He contrasts the liberal with the “fundamentalist”, to the disadvantage of the “fundamentalist”. It’s interesting that he acknowledges that what he means by “fundamentalist” is the Christian doctrine of Luther, Calvin, and the pre-1900 church in general.

These men argued that there could be no compromise on the unchanging fundamentals of the Christian faith. To gain support for their stand, the fundamentalist claimed that they were reaffirming the faith as Luther, Calvin, Knox, and Wesley held it. Of course, in that claim they were undoubtedly correct. It was the Protestant Reformation which enunciated the doctrines which are now called “fundamentalist.”…

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 prominant in fundamentalist thinking. Such are the views of the fundamentalist and they reveal that he is oppose to theological adaptation to social and cultural change. He sees a progressive scientific age as a retrogressive spiritual age. Amid change all around he was {is} willing to preserve certain ancient ideas even though they are contrary to science.

Accomplishments: One King accomplishment is the “I Have a Dream” speech, which is certainly a bigger deal in itself than anything I have done in my life.