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Reinhold Niebuhr (Outstanding Christian Thinkers) Paperback – 1 Dec 1989

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Geoffrey Chapman (1 Dec. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0225665409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0225665406
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,597,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Between writing this book and publication the world changed
I wrote this in the summer of 88. By the time it was published Communist power had collapsed. Fortunately, it was not out of date by these events as many books were. I had already predicted this was happening (see p 186). I wrote this with students in mind, working through N's books in chronological order rather than thematically. It's the sort of book that would have helped me when I first came across N's work.Ten years on I'm still fascinated by Niebuhr. I wish there had been a photograph of Reinhold on the cover. I'd love to hear from people who've read this book.

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Although I am the author and this space is reserved for critics, I thought it might be of interest to add a few comments about the book from a couple of reviews. On March 16th, 1990, John Biffen MP, former minister in Margaret Thatcher's first government published a review in Church Times. I was surprised that a Tory politician would review the book, and even more surprised when I read John Biffen's generally favourable comments. Mr Biffen wrote: "'Reinhold Niebuhr' by Kenneth Durkin traces the parallel and related religious and political careers of this American theologian. We are treated to both God and Caesar. It is a scholarly book and will be read with pleasure by those who already have some understanding of Niebuhr. On the other hand the book makes few concessions for those who have only a limited understanding of this extraordinary man... Kenneth Durkin leaves us with a powerful impression of a great man endowed with scholarship and integrity." In 1992 Charles C Brown published 'Niebuhr and his Age' and said this about my book (pp263,264): "Kenneth Durkin's 'Reinhold Niebuhr' is a study of Niebuhr's books, impressively analyzing one after another with special reference to the Biblical motifs of Creation, Fall, Atonement and Parousia that entered his matured perspective on politics and history, as well as theology and ethics. Durkin, a British scholar, treats the books in their historical setting, sketching theological milieus and public events... On the whole this is a good book which deserves more attention than it has received." I would like to thank Mr Biffen and Mr Brown for their kind words and their astute observations about my book.
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