An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story


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The Prophetic Tradition in American Politics

We have a shortage of prophetic politics today. I think that’s one reason why An American Conscience is so powerful… It’s a hope for a politics that knows how to proclaim judgment, even while acknowledging our share in the guilt; and that knows how to offer a vision of a better future without having to claim that we’ve already been there.

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Racial Christian America

America’s particular sin is racism. Some of our most thoughtful and celebrated figures have stumbled on this – Jefferson comes to mind, with his trumpeting words that “all men are created equal,” juxtaposed with his slave ownership…

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Niebuhrians in an Era of Mass Incarceration

We in the United States desperately miss Reinhold Niebuhr’s prophetic voice today. Our society is plagued by sin and injustice no less than Niebuhr’s was. Of the many social and political issues that vie for our attention, racial injustice is one of the most urgent.

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The New Tribalism

Religion Department Wilson College As I write this post, the news that Donald Trump, Jr. met with Kremlin insider, Natalia Veselnitskaya, continues to dominate the headlines. The meeting appears to be the smoking gun or at least the scandal’s first smoking gun in what...

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Healthcare, Justice, and Prophetic Religion

Bradley B. Burroughs, United Theological Seminary   More than any other, the central objective of Republican Party since March of 2010 has been to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as “Obamacare.” Between 2011, when Republicans...

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The Irony of Environmental History

The debates around the Paris Agreement since President Trump’s announcement have revealed not only how much Americans disagree about climate change, but also how much we disagree about why we disagree about climate change.

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The Politics of Being Nice

Today we live in an age that seems far more cynical than Niebuhr’s, and yet we continue to long for a new society, a society that is post-partisan, post-racial, and even post-political…

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Religion, Education, and Democratic Vitality

A few days ago I was driving home from work and had an unusually long pause at a stop light near my home. The bumper sticker pasted on the back end of the car in front of me captured my attention— “Your Liberal Education Hides the Bible…

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