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Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith [Hardcover]

Richard Crouter

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1 Jun 2010
In his day, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was immensely influential - a public intellectual and author of many books who even appeared on the cover of Time magazine (in 1948). He was a realist in political philosophy, and his book The Irony of American History continues to speak directly to the question of American imperialism. The current international situation requires serious reflection of the kind at which Niebuhr excelled, and Niebuhr's thought has experienced something of a revival. Pundits and politicians from James Fallows, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and David Brooks to Bill Moyers, and Senators John Danforth and Barack Obama all cite Niebuhr's work with approval. If Niebuhr is attractive as a tough-minded political realist, he is insufficiently orthodox for some Christian theologians and ethicists. In this book, Richard Crouter offers an accessible introduction to Niebuhr's religious and political thought, while attempting to discover how Niebuhr can appeal to persons belonging to opposing political and religious camps, and whether his uncanny ability to speak to atheists as well as believers is a strength or weakness.

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Crouter provides a good defence of Niebuhr and an impressive survey of his current relevance. (James Walters Theology)

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John M. and Elizabeth E. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, Carleton College

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reinhold Niebuhr: A Man for the Times 3 Feb 2011
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Reinhold Niebuhr's writings have long informed and influenced (sometimes perplexed and exasperated) the American intelligencia--theologians, philosophers, political theorists, historians, and other professionals. Now, in 140 pages of clear, unpretentious, closely argued prose, professor emeritus Richard Crouter (Carleton College) has given the general reader critical insights into Niebuhr's thought and its relation to contemporary American life--and to 21st century global issues.

Niebuhr's thinking poured out in a steady stream of sermons, articles, and books. He's a difficult thinker to summarize and difficult (as the author notes) to "get a handle on." But Crouter has indeed given us some handles--and they are good ones. His discussions strive to free Niebuhr from the grasp of political writers, to lift him out of the acrid debate between the political right and left, and to give us a more coherent view of this seminal thinker.

Reinhold Niebuhr on Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith is a book for those who are seeking a way forward in the face of bitter and seemingly (at times) overpowering realities. It is a book for those who wonder if the American sense of inevitable progress, the notion of a better day ahead, has become an illusion--a false promise that impedes our need to confront the hard realities surrounding war, peace, economic well-being, and personal security. And it is a book for those who wish to further understand what Henry James called "the complex fate of being an American."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 24 Feb 2014
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Required reading for college. It was at time a bore, but in the end full of information. If needed get this book.
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