Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics: God and Power

Hardcover | April 25, 2010

EditorRichard Harries, Stephen Platten

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When Barack Obama praised the writings of philosopher theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the run up to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, he joined a long line of top politicians who closely engaged with Niebuhr's ideas, including Tony Benn, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr. and Dennis Healey.Beginning with his early ministry amongst industrial workers in early twentieth century Detroit, Niebuhr displayed a passionate commitment to social justice that infused his life's work. Rigorously championing "Christian Realism" he sought a practically orientated intellectual engagement with thepolitical challenges of his day. His ideas on International Relations have also helped to shape debate amongst leading academic thinkers and policy makers. In both Christian and secular contexts he continues to attract new readers today.In this timely re-evaluation both critics and disciples of Niebuhr's work reflect on his notable contribution to Christian social ethics, the Christian doctrine of humanity, and the engagement of Christian thought with contemporary politics. The authors bring a wide range of expertise from bothsides of the Atlantic, indicating how a re-evaluation of Niebuhr's thought can help inform contemporary debates on Christian social ethics and other wider theological issues.

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When Barack Obama praised the writings of philosopher theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the run up to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, he joined a long line of top politicians who closely engaged with Niebuhr's ideas, including Tony Benn, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr. and Dennis Healey.Beginning with his early ministry amongst i...

Richard Harries is Gresham Professor of Divinity, and Honorary Professor of Theology at King's College, London. Stephen Platten is Bishop of Wakefield.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199571833

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Richard Harries: Introduction1. Robin W. Lovin: Reinhold Niebuhr in Historical Perspective2. Mac McCorkle: On Recent Political Uses of Reinhold Niebuhr: Toward a New Appreciation of his Legacy3. Jean Bethke Elshtain: Niebuhr's 'Nature of Man' and Christian Realism4. Ben Quash: Radical Orthodoxy's Critique of Niebuhr5. Samuel Wells: The Nature and Destiny of Serious Theology6. Wendy Dackson: Reinhold Niebuhr's 'Outsider Ecclesiology'7. Stephen Platten: Niebuhr, Liturgy and Public Theology8. Martyn Percy: Falling Far Short: Taking Sin Seriously?9. Ian Markham: Distinguishing Hope from Utopian Aspiration: Revisiting Reinhold Niebuhr10. Nigel Biggar: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Political Possibility of Forgiveness11. Richard Harries: What Makes Us Think That God Wants Democracy?12. Anatol Lieven: Realism and Progress: Niebuhr's Thought and Contemporary Challenges13. John D. Carlson: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Use of Force14. Kevin Carnahan: The Irony of American Evangelical Politics15. Wilfred M. McClay: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Problem of Religious PluralismStephen Platten: Conclusion: Realism Revisited