Love And Justice

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Reinhold Niebuhr is renowned for his unflinching honesty concerning issues of social ethics, specifically, love and justice. Humans, Niebuhr says, are incapable of perfect love. Therefore, their struggle against evil and injustice is doomed to only relative victory, although they strive to live in the ideal world. Niebuhr's concern with this paradox gave rise to numerous writings over the years in which he explored the many angles, subtleties, heights, and depths of the problems of humanity and society. Now sixty-four of these important pieces are compiled in a single volume, providing evidence of Niebuhr's belief that positive decisions and actions are possible for Christians.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

Niebuhr is renowned for his unflinching honesty concerning issues of social ethics, specifically, love and justice. His influence is great both inside and outside the Christian church. Now 64 of Niebuhr's important pieces about the problems of humanity and society are compiled in this single volume.

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Editorial Reviews

Reprint of the master's shorter works. Still available from Peter Smith at $12.50 (casebound). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253226
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Series: Library of Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971) was an ethicist, theologian, and political philosopher who taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1928 to 1960. Before that, for thirteen years, he was minister of Detroit's Bethel Evangelical Church.
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Table of Contents

General Editors' Introduction
Preface 7
Introduction 9
Pt. I General Essays on Love and Justice
1 The Spirit of Justice 25
2 Justice and Love 27
3 The Ethic of Jesus and the Social Problem 29
4 When Will Christians Stop Fooling Themselves? 40
5 Christian Faith and Natural Law 46
Pt. II Love and Justice on the National Level
A American Politics
6 Our Faith and Concrete Political Decisions 57
7 Christian Faith and Political Controversy 59
8 Rationing and Democracy 61
9 The Republican Victory 63
10 Democracy and the Party Spirit 66
B Political Issues in Other Countries
11 Catholicism and Anarchism in Spain 73
12 The Hitler-Stalin Pact 77
13 Christianity and Politics in Britain 81
14 Socialized Medicine in Britain 84
15 Freedom as a Luxury 87
C Economic Issues
16 Is Stewardship Ethical? 89
17 The Idolatry of America 94
18 How Philanthropic Is Henry Ford? 98
19 Ford's Five-Day Week Shrinks 103
20 Religion and the Class War in Kentucky 108
21 Spiritual Mobilization 113
22 Ideology in the Social Struggle 115
23 Inflation and Group Selfishness 117
D Race Relations
24 The Confession of a Tired Radical 120
25 Christian Faith and the Race Problem 125
26 The Race Problem 129
27 Jews After the War 132
28 The Negro Issue in America 142
29 Fair Employment Practices Act 145
30 The Supreme Court on Segregation in the Schools 148
31 What Resources Can the Christian Church Offer to Meet Crisis in Race Relations? 152
32 Proposal to Billy Graham 154
Pt. III Love and Justice in International Relations
A A Variety of Issues
33 The Conflict Between Nations and Nations and Between Nations and God 161
34 On the Ethiopian War 166
35 The Will of God and the Van Zeeland Report 168
36 A Negotiated Peace 172
37 Allied Peace Aims 174
38 Repeal the Neutrality Act! 177
39 Chastisement Unto Repentance or Death 180
40 Anglo-Saxon Destiny and Responsibility 183
41 Airplanes Are Not Enough 189
42 The Limits of Military Power 191
B Plans for World Organization
43 The Possibility of a Durable Peace 196
44 American Power and World Responsibility 200
45 Plans for World Reorganization 206
46 The San Francisco Conference 213
47 Can We Organize the World? 216
C The "Enemy"
48 Love Your Enemies 218
49 The Bombing of Germany 222
50 The German Problem 223
51 What Is Justice? 229
D The Bomb
52 The Atomic Bomb 232
53 The Hydrogen Bomb 235
Pt. IV Love and Justice and the Pacifist Issue
54 A Critique of Pacifism 241
55 Pacifism and the Use of Force 247
56 Why I Leave the F. O. R. 254
57 Pacifism Against the Wall 260
58 An Open Letter (to Richard Roberts) 267
59 To Prevent the Triumph of an Intolerable Tyranny 272
60 The Christian Faith and the World Crisis 279
61 Pacifism and "America First" 285
62 History (God) Has Overtaken Us 292
63 The Quaker Way 296
64 Is There Another Way? 299
Index 303
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