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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics$
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Richard Harries and Stephen Platten

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.001.0001

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Reinhold Niebuhr and the Political Possibility of Forgiveness

Reinhold Niebuhr and the Political Possibility of Forgiveness

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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Nigel Biggar (Contributor Webpage)

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One of the major themes in this book is the relationship between the radical teaching of Jesus and the brutal political realities of the world in which we live. This chapter considers this in relation to the tension that is felt between the call to forgive and the demands of justice. Whilst appreciating Niebuhr, it shows how careful analysis of the nature of forgiveness makes it is possible to go further than Niebuhr in bringing forgiveness and justice together.

Keywords:   Reinhold Niebuhr, forgive, justice

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