'How far did the fact that Martin Luther King was a Christian affect what he did?'
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Philosophy Question: 'How far did the fact that Martin Luther King was a Christian affect what he did? Answer: Martin Luther King Jnr was born on 15th January 1929, in Atlanta. He was the son of the Reverend Martin Luther King Senior, which shows that he had a strong religious influence early on in his life. After going through school and university, King was licensed to preach in 1947 and in 1954 his father appointed him preacher of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Jnr had a lot of beliefs that we related to the Bible. An example of this would be that King believed in non-violence and was a strong pacifist.
And we can see King demonstrating this belief as King did not support violence in any way (even in protests) and was arrested many times, without ever putting up a fight. King was elected the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which was set up after a civil rights activist, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on the bus and was arrested. King was part of the Montgomery bus boycott, which was a non-violent protest to try and stop racial separation on buses. King and others succeeded in this attempt without having to resort to violence. In 1956 a United States District Court ruled that racial separation on city bus lines was illegal.
The passage in King's speech that refers to this reads "When we let it ring ... from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing ... Thank God Almighty". Another link between the bible and Martin Luther King is the story that Jesus Healed a Roman Officer's Servant which teaches us one of King's strongest beliefs, that it is possible for people of different races to live together in harmony. Overall it would be fair to say that the fact that Martin Luther King Jnr was a Christian had a big impact on his teachings and meant that many of his beliefs coincided with the Christianities beliefs.
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