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To Reinhold Niebuhr

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Boston University)

Date: December 1, 1953

Location: Boston, Mass.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


In addition to Niebuhr, King sent a similar letter to Bernard M. Loomer of the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, John Dillenberger of Columbia University’s Department of Religion, and Edward H. Roberts at Princeton Theological Seminary.1

Dean Reinhold Niebuhr
Union Theological Seminary
Broadway at 120th Street
New York, New York

Dear Dean Niebuhr:

I am a graduate student of Boston University pursuing work toward the Ph.D. degree in philosophical theology. At present, I am in the process of writing my Dissertation. I have chosen as a tentative topic, A comparison of the conception of God in the thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.

If you know of any Dissertation that has been written or of one that is in process in this area, I would appreciate your calling it to my attention. Please feel free to offer any other suggestions.

Enclosed you will find a stamped self-addressed envelop for your convenience in replying.

Sincerely yours,
Martin L. King, Jr.


1. Nola E. Meade, Niebuhr’s secretary, replied on 2 December 1953, informing King that Niebuhr “hasn’t any knowledge of any thesis on the subject” (Nola E. Meade to King, 2 December 1953, MLKP-MBU). See also letters to Bernard M. Loomer, John Dillenberger, and Edward H. Roberts, 1 December 1953, all in MLKP-MBU. For their replies, see Bernard M. Loomer to King, 8 December 1953, p. 226 in this volume; and letters from John Dillenberger and Edward H. Roberts to King, both dated 11 December 1953 and in MLKP-MBU.

Source: MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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