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'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. This belief is parallel to the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25. In 1958, Martin Luther King Jnr even toured India so that he could increase his understanding of Gandhi's non-violent strategies. Pacifism was a shared belief between Martin Luther King Jnr. and Jesus. We can see Jesus demonstrating this belief in the New Testament, when he is being taken away to be crucified, he does not put up a fight, even though he probably knows that he is being taken away

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