Reinhold Niebuhr

Author: Richard Crouter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199779697
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A primer on the current "Niebuhr revival" of the political left and right, this book traces the significance of Reinhold Niebuhr's thought for secular as well as deeply Christian minds. Placed in the context of religious and cultural history, Niebuhr's theological views deepen and challenge contemporary expertise on issues of war, peace, economic, and personal security. While rejecting cynical pessimism and naive optimism, Niebuhr's Christian realism reinvigorates age-old teachings of the Bible, St. Paul, Augustine, and Kierkegaard. His thought enriches present-day debates between science and religion and between atheists, agnostics, and believers. To live with Niebuhr's legacy is to combine critical acumen with humble self-awareness. It is to pursue a larger common good - for him, God-given - that is shared among individuals, nations, and the world community.

Niebuhr and His Age

Author: Charles C. Brown
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781563383755
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Now available in paperback, Niebuhr and His Age provides an extensively researched account of Reinhold Niebuhr, and includes a foreword by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Zwischen Liebesideal und Realismus

Author: Tina Bellmann
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
ISBN: 3863953207
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Was lässt sich nach dem vielbeschworenen „Ende der Anthropologie“ noch vom Menschsein sagen? Wie lässt sich angesichts der zunehmenden anthropologischen Sprachlosigkeit noch ethische Orientierung gewinnen? Welche Folgen hat die Fragmentierung von Menschenbildern für den demokratischen Diskurs? Dieses Problemfeld bearbeitet die Autorin unter Rückgriff auf das Denken des hierzulande wenig bekannten US-amerikanischen Theologen Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). Auf breiter Quellenbasis werden Genese, Funktion und Profil seiner theologischen Anthropologie herausgearbeitet, die sich als pragmatisch orientiertes, zentral um die Sündenlehre kreisendes Denkmodell präsentiert. Die Wahrnehmung tiefgreifender politischer und sozialer Krisen regt Niebuhr dazu an, die Anthropologie zum Fundament eines großangelegten gesellschaftlichen Rettungsprogramms auszubauen. Aus der einsichtsvollen historischen wie theologischen Aufarbeitung des Niebuhrschen Werkes leitet die Autorin gewichtige Impulse für die Debatten der Gegenwart ab. Sie zeigt auf, wie eine „realistische“ Anthropologie im Sinne Niebuhrs nicht nur einen innovativen Ansatz einer public theology begründet, sondern darüber hinaus als „soziale Ressource“ in der Debatte um die „Krise der Demokratie“ neue Wege aufzuzeigen vermag.

Geist und Buchstabe

Author: Michael Pietsch
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 311031133X
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The fascinating connection between the spirit and the letter has had a deep impact on the work of theological scholarship. In this volume, 26 experts examine the connection of spirit and letter by means of examples from the perspectives of philology, hermeneutics, philosophy, theological history, and practical theology. From this multi-disciplinary view, a picture emerges of a dynamic fraught with crisis, with which the specific consciousness of each era interpreted and transformed a unique religious tradition.

Reinhold Niebuhr and International Relations Theory

Author: Guilherme Marques Pedro
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351722743
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This is the first book in international relations theory entirely devoted to the political thought of Reinhold Niebuhr. Focusing on the existential theology which lies at the basis of Reinhold Niebuhr’s theory of international politics, it highlights the ways in which Niebuhrian realism was not only profoundly theological, but also constituted a powerful existentialist reconfiguration of the Realist tradition going back to Saint Augustine. Guilherme Marques Pedro offers an innovative account of Reinhold Niebuhr’s eclectic thought, branching out into politics, ethics, history, society and religion and laying out a conceptual framework through which his work, as much as the realist tradition of international political thought as a whole, can be read. The book calls for the need to revisit classic thinkers within IR theory with an eye to their interdisciplinary background and as a way to remind ourselves of the issues that were at stake within the field as it was growing in autonomy and diversity – issues which remain, regardless of its disciplinary development, at the core of IR’s concerns. This book offers an important contribution to IR scholarship, revealing the great historical wealth, intellectual originality but also the limitations and paradoxes of one of the greatest American political thinkers of the twentieth century.

Reinhold Niebuhr Revisited

Author: Daniel Rice
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802862578
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Reinhold Niebuhr Revisited offers fresh and creative ways of looking at Niebuhr?s views on religion, politics, and American culture through the eyes of authors with diverse academic backgrounds and perspectives. / ?Despite all the efforts to dismiss and replace [Niebuhr], he remains and is to be reckoned with ? profitably, we must say ? given the quality of the essays and the qualifications of the essayists in this book. . . . If Niebuhr is worth reading today, what should the reader be looking for, and how might discoveries from a now-historic figure be influential today, and for what should he be noteworthy and a figure of promise? The contributions to this volume are most helpful in answering these questions. . . . Read on, please, and engage Niebuhr anew.?-Martin E. Marty (from the foreword) / Contributors: Charles C. Brown, Henry B. Clark II, William Dean, Gary Dorrien, Douglas John Hall, Martin Halliwell, Mark Hulsether, Robin W. Lovin, Colm McKeogh, Martin E. Marty, Eyal J. Naveh, David W. Noble, Larry Rasmussen, Daniel F. Rice, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Roger L. Shinn, John E. Smith, Ronald H. Stone, Kenneth W. Thompson.

Love and Justice

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664253226
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Niebuhr is renowned for his unflinching honesty concerning issues of social ethics, specifically, love and justice. His influence is great both inside and outside the Christian church. Now 64 of Niebuhr's important pieces about the problems of humanity and society are compiled in this single volume.

Reinhold Niebuhr on Politics

Author: Harry R. Davis
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1556354274
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William Temple, late Archbishop of Canterbury, on meeting Reinhold Niebuhr for the first time, commented, At last I've met the troubler of my peace. Of him John Baillie, the distinguished theologian, also remarked, Intellectually, Niebuhr is head and shoulders, he is legs and ankles above any other American. The full range of Niebuhr's political thought -- in his own writing -- is here made available in one convenient volume. Using materials from sixteen of his books and some one hundred and seventy of his articles, the editors, Harry R. Davis and Robert C. Good, have brilliantly succeeded in linking together the various selections so that they form a logical whole. The volume begins with Niebuhr's examination of the contemporary crisis and his analysis of the false solutions offered by the liberal creed and by communist doctrine. The ground thus cleared, Niebuhr erects his own system of political thought. In the final section of the book, Niebuhr deals with problems of the day in the light of his central beliefs and insights. As an advisory committee the editors enjoyed the assistance of Charles Burton Marshall (Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research), Hans J. Morgenthau (Chicago), E. E. Schattschneider Jr. (Harvard), and Arnold Wolfers (Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research). Niebuhr himself read and approved the contents.

Reinhold Niebuhr Major Works on Religion and Politics

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Publisher: Library of America
ISBN: 159853405X
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A definitive collection of the theologian and public intellectual who was the conscience of the American Century. “One of my favorite philosophers,” remarked Barack Obama about the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) in 2007. President Obama is but one of the many American political leaders—including Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr.—to be influenced by Niebuhr’s writings. Throughout the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, Niebuhr was one of the most prominent public voices of his time, probing with singular style the question of how to act morally in a fallen world. This Library of America volume, prepared by Niebuhr’s daughter, Elisabeth Sifton, collects four indispensable books: Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic (1929), Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944), and The Irony of American History (1952), along with a selection of essays, sermons, lectures, prayers, including his world-famous Serenity Prayer, and writings on current events—Prohibition, the Allied bombing of Germany, apartheid in South Africa, the Vietnam War—many of which are collected here for the first time.