Niebuhr and His Age: Reinhold Niebuhr's Prophetic Role and Legacy / Edition 1

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Reinhold Niebuhr's "Christian realism" combined theological insights with moral and political reflection, helping to guide society through its struggles for peace and justice during the mid-twentieth century. Without illusion or despair, he illuminated the possibilities and the limits of human existence. His perspective remains relevant for the problems and issues of our own time.

This extensively researched intellectual and personal biography profiles Niebuhr's development and his role as a leading theologian, social philosopher, and political journalist. Brown concludes with an appraisal of Niebhur's legacy—a legacy that continues to influence public discourse and religious life in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563383755
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition
Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Ch. 1 Niebuhr's Wisdom in an Age of Perplexity 1
Ch. 2 From His Father's Parsonage to the Motor City 9
Gustav Niebuhr and the Heritage of German Pietism 9
Elmhurst, Eden, and Yale 12
Bethel's Pastor: Early Years 20
The Hard Realities of Europe and Detroit 23
Bethel's Pastor: Later Years 29
Ch. 3 Toward Christian Realism in Social Ethics 36
Union Seminary and the World 36
Searching for Justice in the Depths of a Depression 45
Ethics in a Theological Context 53
Faith and Politics in a Disjointed Time 56
"When the Beer is Served at Reinie's" 65
Ch. 4 The Magnum Opus: Human Nature and Destiny 68
The Gifford Lectures 68
Classicism, Modernity, and a Christian View of Human Nature 74
A Synthesis of Renaissance Values and Reformation Insights 81
Assessments of a Great Work 89
Ch. 5 Defending the West against the Nazi Menace 95
The Drift to War from Munich to the Fall of France 95
The Western Cause in the Age of Churchill 97
"In the Battle and Above It" 107
Democracy Vindicated 114
Roosevelt and the Climax of the War 118
Ch. 6 Politics and Theology in the Postwar Years 124
Europe Divided: Russia and the West 124
In the Classroom and on the Road 131
The Marshall Plan, Israel, and Amsterdam 137
Truman and the Policy of Containment 145
Theological Insights on Life and History 153
America's Precarious Eminence 161
Ch. 7 The World and Union Seminary at Mid-Century 165
The Advent of the Eisenhower Era 165
Union Seminary in the 1950s 173
The Uneasy Peace of a Nuclear Age 181
Ch. 8 Christian Faith and the Social Order 189
Politics and Culture in a Technical Society 189
Hebraic and Hellenic Sources of the Western Heritage 197
A Pious and Secular Nation 201
Nations and Empires in the Configurations of History 206
Ch. 9 Advice and Reflections in a Troubled Decade 212
Kennedy's Achievement 212
Belated Justice for Black Americans 221
Catholicism and Protestantism in Transition 224
Dynamics and Enigmas of Human Existence 230
A Misguided Venture in Southeast Asia 233
The World in the Later 1960s 239
"A Prophet among Us" 242
Ch. 10 The Nieburian Legacy 246
App. A A Reinhold Niebuhr Chronology 259
App. B A Review of Literature on Reinhold Niebuhr's Life and Thought 262
Notes 278
Bibliography and Other Sources 311
Index 317
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