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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 in Historical Perspective

Reinhold Niebuhr in Historical Perspective

(p.6) 1 Reinhold Niebuhr in Historical Perspective
Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Robin W. Lovin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses criticisms against Reinhold Niebuhr. It attempts to put Reinhold Niebuhr in historical perspective, in the same way that Niebuhr himself arrived at a more balanced appreciation of Walter Rauschenbusch and the generation that brought American Protestantism through the years of ‘social crisis’ and the First World War. It so doing, it treats Niebuhr's work with the same sort of Christian realism that he himself eventually applied to Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel. The chapter presents a Niebuhrian view of Niebuhr and his critics, which seeks to recognize both continuity and difference and to further our own reflections on what it means to be realistic about our place in history.

Keywords:   Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian realism, critics

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