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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Richard Harries and Stephen Platten


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 20th 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 the political ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr, industrial workers, Detroit, social justice, Christian realism, international relations, Christian social ethics, humanity, US presidential elections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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