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Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism

Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism


  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479325

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  • This is a new assessment of the work of the twentieth century's best-known public theologian. Reinhold Niebuhr's ability to make sense of international politics, racial tension, labour unrest, and cultural transformations gained him a wide audience, but his responsiveness to changing times was grounded in a remarkably consistent theology. Today, Christian realism remains an important way to understand politics and society in theological terms, but the enduring themes of Niebuhr's work must also be related to new generations of thinkers in theology, politics, law, and philosophy. Robin W. Lovin traces its key themes so as to identify the political, moral, and theological realisms on which Niebuhr's persuasive and subtle depiction of human nature rests. In that context, a complex, dialectical, Niebuhrian approach still appears as a vital and lively alternative to the oversimplified accounts of politics and justice that have dominated recent decades.

    • A brilliant reassessment of Niebuhr's thought by a leading Niebuhr scholar
    • Relates the key themes in Niebuhr's thinking to contemporary issues and explores its full implications
    • Will be of great interest to theologians, students of social ethics, and historians of modern American politics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479325
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    An introduction to Christian realism
    1. God
    2. Ethics
    3. Freedom
    4. Politics
    5. Justice
    Select Bibliography

  • Author

    Robin W. Lovin, Southern Methodist University, Texas

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