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The Theological Vision of Reinhold Niebuhr's The Irony of American History: “In the Battle and Above It”

Scott R. Erwin


This book argues that an appreciation of Reinhold Niebuhr’s theological vision is necessary for understanding the full measure of his 1951 work, The Irony of American History. The work is important because Niebuhr remains at the center of a national conversation about America’s role in the world, and commentators with divergent political and religious positions frequently look to Irony for guidance. Niebuhr described his theological vision as being “in the battle and above it,” and, in more extensive terms, explained it to be a “combination of moral resoluteness about the immediate issues with ... More

Keywords: Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History, theologian, human nature, Christian interpretation of history, World War II, Cold War, sin, original sin, The Nature and Destiny of Man, Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678372
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott R. Erwin, author
Formerly University of Oxford