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Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith

Richard Crouter


This book is a primer on the political prophet and Christian social ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), who is widely cited for his political realism in the aftermath of George W. Bush’s presidency. His works are on the favorite reading list of Barack Obama. In addition to mapping the “Niebuhr revival” on the political left and right, the book’s seven chapters acquaint readers with the central teachings and ways of thinking behind this fresh interest. The core of Niebuhr’s Christian realism and the role of irony in his thought are made accessible to non-specialists in ways that explain his ... More

Keywords: Niebuhr revival, Barack Obama, Christian realism, sense of history, sinful human self, secular minds, religious minds, social justice, self-reflection, irony of American history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379679
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Crouter, author
Carleton College
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