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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Charlottesville shows that racism, white nationalism and supremacism, xenophobia, homo- and transphobia, misogyny, and other forms of public hate are now authorized as the normal “terms and conditions” of American political discourse and practice.read more
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…read more
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.read more
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.read more
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…read more
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…read more
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…read more