An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
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themes related to Reinhold Niebuhr’s theology and legacy. We hope to post a new BLOG each week.
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The Trump administration has conditioned us to expect the unexpected. Yet last week’s firing of FBI director James Comey still came as a shock…read more
For Reinhold Niebuhr, irony is a condition of public discourse. The ironic signals the presence of what he called group “egotism” – the tendency of human groups to assert their self-interest, often to the exclusion or detriment of other group interests.read more
Each passing day seems to bring new examples that justify the description of ours as a “cynical age.” Although cynicism can crop up at any level of human life, it is most readily apparent in the higher echelons of government…read more
According to biographer Richard Fox, Niebuhr was so frail by 1968 that he followed the election campaign mostly from his bed…read more
While Donald Trump claims that in his Presbyterian faith he does not ask for forgiveness…read more
Trump tried to make friends with Assad on the international playground, and when Assad turned on him, Trump decided to break Assad’s toy…read more
President Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria on April 6th in response to a chemical weapons attack exposes the moral rot at the heart of the Trump administrationread more
To outside observers, the prominent role of clergy at our presidential inaugurations might suggest that America has a state religion. Franklin Graham’s opening comments at this year’s festivities might also suggest that the president is its high priest.read more
The panel following the screening of the film in Colorado Springs in early March addressed quite a few interesting questions from the audience. Of these, two stood out to me: “Was Reinhold Niebuhr a theologian?” andread more