Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith

Paperback | October 6, 2010

byRichard Crouter

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In his day, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was immensely influential - a public intellectual and author of many books who even appeared on the cover of Time magazine (in 1948). He was a realist in political philosophy, and his book The Irony of American History continues to speakdirectly to the question of American imperialism. The current international situation requires serious reflection of the kind at which Niebuhr excelled, and Niebuhr's thought has experienced something of a revival. Pundits and politicians from James Fallows, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and David Brooks toBill Moyers, and Senators John Danforth and Barack Obama all cite Niebuhr's work with approval. If Niebuhr is attractive as a tough-minded political realist, he is insufficiently orthodox for some Christian theologians and ethicists. In this book, Richard Crouter offers an accessible introduction toNiebuhr's religious and political thought, while attempting to discover how Niebuhr can appeal to persons belonging to opposing political and religious camps, and whether his uncanny ability to speak to atheists as well as believers is a strength or weakness.

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In his day, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was immensely influential - a public intellectual and author of many books who even appeared on the cover of Time magazine (in 1948). He was a realist in political philosophy, and his book The Irony of American History continues to speakdirectly to the question of American imperialism...

Richard Crouter is John M. and Elizabeth E. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus at Carleton College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195379683

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Acknowledgments1. Why Niebuhr in a New Era?2. Taking the Long View of History3. Recognizing Human Ambiguity4. Connecting with Wit and Words5. Revisiting America with Irony6. Debating Politics and the Christian Faith7. Living with Niebuhr's LegacyIndex