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23 June
evidence of any anemia nor infection. The x-ray of the heart and lungs was
Very sincerely yours,
Rosemary Murphy, M.D.
From Charles E. Batten
Crozer dean Charles Batten responds to King’s marriage announcement. King,
Jr., and Coretta Scott were married on 18June 1953 at the Scott family home
outside Marion, Alabama. Martin Luther King, Sr., performed the ceremony.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
501 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Martin:
We were very happy to receive the announcement of your marriage. T h e
faculty and your friends at Crozer join me in sending to you our very best
wishes. We sincerely hope that you will have a very happy life.
If you had made it four days later it would have been the wedding anniversary of Mrs. Batten and myself. I suppose the best wish I can make for you is
that you and Coretta will be as happy as we have been in our married life. DO
come see us when you can.
With all good wishes to both of you, I am
Charles E. Batten, Dean
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From Henry Nelson Wieman
14 August 1953
St. Louis, Mo.
I n preparation f o r his dissertation, “AComparison of the Conceptions of God in
the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wiemun,” King wrote Tillich and
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Wieman to inquire about work that others had done on the subject. He would later
send similar inquiries to Reinhold Niebuhr and other American theologians.’
Wieman, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, was teaching at Washington
University at the time of his response.
Dear Mr. King:
Thank you for the letter of August 5. It was delayed in reaching me because
it had to be forwarded. I am teaching summer session here.
I know of only two writings that compare Tillich’s thought with my own.
W. M. Horton in the volume on Tillich edited by Kegley and published by
Macmillan, is one case. Also a few years ago a student at Union Theological
Seminary in New York wrote a thesis on my thology, but as I come to hink of
it he compared me with Brightman more than with Tillich.‘ I have heard
rumors of other such comparisons but cannot refer you to them.
I have a good deal of material not yet published but cannot send more than
two pieces, partly because my mss. are at home and not here. But I am sending under separate cover two 1ectures.that have been mimeographed and so
are e ~ p e n d a b l eYou
. ~ need not {return them}
[signed] Henry N. Wieman
See, for example, King to Reinhold Niebuhr, 1 December 1953, pp. 222-223 in this volume.
See Walter Marshall Horton, “Tillichs Role in Contemporary Theology,” in The Theology of
Paul Tillich, ed. Charles W. Kegley and Robert W. Bretall (New York: Macmillan, ig52), pp. 2647; and Arthur Raymond McKay, “A Critical Appraisal of Scientific Theology in the Writings of
Henry N. Wieman” (S.T.M. thesis, Union Theological Seminary, 1946). This thesis does not appear in the bibliography for King’s dissertation.
3. See Henry Nelson Wieman, “Moral and Spiritual Values in Education, Sections I and 11:
‘Spiritual Values Interpreted for Education’ and ‘The Problem of Religion in Education,”’ 14 August 1953, CSKC.
From Paul Tillich
2 2 September 1953
Ascona, Switzerland
Dear Mr. King,
1 have received your letter while travelling in Europe till Christmas. I don’t
know anybody who has written about the subject you are interested in. But
maybe you should ask my former assistant Prof. John Dillenburger, Columbia
University, Department of Religion. The only unpublished material of which
I could think are the propositions for my lectures in Systematic Theology