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On Recent Political Uses of Reinhold Niebuhr: Toward a New Appreciation of his Legacy

Mac McCorkle

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at how Niebuhr has been variously interpreted. It focuses on two representative writers — former New Republic editor Peter Beinart and historian David Chappell. Their efforts range ... More


What's So Bad About Reinhold Niebuhr?

Rebekah L. Miles

in The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195144161
eISBN:
9780199834495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195144163.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Because Reinhold Niebuhr has been so widely criticized by feminist theologians, a critical retrieval must first examine the extensive charges against him. To this end, this chapter outlines feminist ... More


Freedom for the World

Rebekah L. Miles

in The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195144161
eISBN:
9780199834495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195144163.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter begins with Reinhold Niebuhr's claim that human experience is both bound and free (human boundedness and human self‐transcendence), and goes on to examine the broader ethical ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr in Historical Perspective

Robin W. Lovin

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism

Rebekah L. Miles

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195144161
eISBN:
9780199834495
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195144163.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Feminist theologians have commonly identified Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian realism as a prime example of a patriarchal theological ethic that promotes domination. In this study, the author claims ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr: Prophet of Christian Realism

John G. Stackhouse

in Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195173581
eISBN:
9780199851683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173581.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr on Christian realism. Analyses of Niebuhr's works suggest that he offered almost no reflection on how the church as an institution could ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr and the Use of Force

John D. Carlson

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers the issues in relation to humanitarian interventions, arguing that moral compassion without a sense of the political realities can be disastrous. It also looks at Niebuhr's ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr and Protestant Liberalism

David A. Hollinger

in After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691158426
eISBN:
9781400845996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691158426.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This epilogue offers a historical perspective on the career of Reinhold Niebuhr, the most acclaimed intellectual within a distinctive American Protestant generation: the generation that brought the ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr and the Problem of Religious Pluralism

Wilfred M. McClay

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

One of the most pressing challenges of our time is how different religions can live peacefully together. This chapter explores the contribution that Niebuhr's fundamental approach to conflict might ... More


Conclusion: Realism Revisited

Stephen Platten

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This concluding chapter discusses four key themes which are raised in different contexts throughout this book. These are: Niebuhr's theological anthropology; some key issues relating to ecclesiology; ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr's ‘Outsider Ecclesiology’

Wendy Dackson

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Ecclesiology is one of the weaker aspects of Niebuhr's thinking. He frequently collapses the ideas of ‘Church’, ‘Christianity’, and the aggregate of believers into one another in sometimes confusing ... More


Distinguishing Hope from Utopian Aspiration: Revisiting Reinhold Niebuhr

Ian Markham

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter places John Gray in conversation with Reinhold Niebuhr. In Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, John Gray argues that Christianity provides much of the impetus for ... More


The Irony of American Evangelical Politics

Kevin Carnahan

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

American evangelical political theology is facing a crisis of self-identity. Many evangelicals have claimed that evangelical political theology has been taken captive by the Republican Party. In ... More


The Nature and Destiny of Serious Theology

Samuel Wells

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter is organized into five parts. First, it takes Niebuhr's essay ‘Why the Christian Church is not Pacifist’, and sets out its arguments as a characteristic Niebuhr manifesto. It then ... More


Niebuhr, Liturgy, and Public Theology

Stephen Platten

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that it is a mistake to understand liturgy as being enacted in a place of withdrawal from society. Liturgy is a public event with a relationship to public life. If this is ... More


Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Richard Harries and Stephen Platten (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

When Barack Obama praised the writings of philosopher theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the run up to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, he joined a long line of top politicians who closely engaged ... More


Freedom and Boundedness

Rebekah L. Miles

in The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195144161
eISBN:
9780199834495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195144163.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This introductory chapter starts by describing the setting within which the book was written, and provides an outline of the main contents. It the next two sections, it goes on to give the historical ... More


Introduction

Richard Harries

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of President Barack Obama's thoughts about what he has learned from Reinhold Niebuhr. It then identifies other senior politicians and ... More


Niebuhr's ‘Nature of Man’ and Christian Realism

Jean Bethke Elshtain

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Reinhold Niebuhr's theological anthropology receives less critical attention than his direct pronouncements on political and social matters, especially those that touch on conflict and war. But ... More


Radical Orthodoxy's Critique of Niebuhr

Ben Quash

in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571833
eISBN:
9780191722264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Reinhold Niebuhr's ‘Christian realism’ was in significant part a rejection of the pacifism and optimism of the Social Gospel movement in the United States. Even though Niebuhr had initially been ... More


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