|World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico. 1964. |
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HT: Thomas Kidd
King wove together learned references to the likes of Socrates, Aquinas, Reinhold Niebuhr, T.S. Eliot, and Marin Buber, along with a mobilizing passion for his cause. Of course the whole letter [Letter from Birmingham Jail] is suffused with biblical concepts and references. Perhaps the most arresting historical passage of all is this one, where King combines a biblical, Reformed, and American view of “extremism.”
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