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The Essential Reinhold Niebuhr: Selected Essays and Addresses

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Overview

Theologian, ethicist, and political analyst, Reinhold Niebuhr was a towering figure of twentieth-century religious thought. In this important book, the best of Niebuhr’s essays have been brought together for the first time. Selected, edited, and introduced by Robert McAfee Brown—a student and friend of Niebuhr’s and himself a distinguished theologian—the works included here testify to the brilliant polemics, incisive analysis, and deep faith that characterized the whole of Niebuhr’s life.
“This fine anthology makes available to a new generation the thought of one of the most penetrating and rewarding of twentieth-century minds. Reinhold Niebuhr remains the great illuminator of the dark conundrums of human nature, history and public policy.”—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
“Sparkling gems. . . brought from the shadows of history into contemporary light. Beautifully selected and edited, they show that Niebuhr’s fiery polemics and gracious assurances still speak with power to us today.”—Roger L. Shinn
“An extremely useful volume.”—David Brion Davis, New York Review of Books
“This collection, which brings together Niebuhr’s most penetrating and enduring essays on theology and politics, should demonstrate for a new generation that his best thought transcends the immediate historical setting in which he wrote. . . . [Brown’s] introduction succinctly presents the central features of Niebuhr’s life and thought.”—Library Journal\
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"This splendid volume has very great potential as ecumenically significant, useful to Catholics and Protestants alike."—Choice
Peter Beinart
"The Essential Reinhold Niebuhr is a treasure of little-known essays and sermons framed by a brilliant introduction. It reminds us, once again, how eloquently Niebuhr speaks to the problems of our age."—Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (on the new edition)
Andrew J. Bacevich
"To return to these penetrating reflections is to be reminded yet again of the intellectual void—still today unfilled—left by Reinhold Niebuhr's passing.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University (on the new edition)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown, a former friend and student of the influential theologian, concentrates on Niebuhr's theological essays. PW stated that ``although this is not a representative selection of Niebuhr's religious, political and social thought, the anthology offers a useful introduction to his work.'' (September)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300040012
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,436,613
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

As pastor of a parish in Detroit and then as professor of Christian ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Reinhold Niebuhr became widely known for his forceful expression of Protestant faith and its relation to liberal social thought. Robert McAfee Brown was professor of theology and ethics at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.
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