Love and Justice Selections from the Shorter Writings of Reinhold Niebuhr

ISBN-10: 0664253229

ISBN-13: 9780664253226

Edition: 1992

Authors: Reinhold Niebuhr, D. B. Robertson

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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 8/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Walter Lippmann once called Reinhold Niebuhr the greatest mind America had produced since Jonathan Edwards. It was fitting, then, that Niebuhr died at home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in the town where Edwards had preached. He was born in Wright City, Missouri, and his father was a German immigrant who served those German-speaking churches that preserved both the Lutheran and Reformed (Calvinist) traditions and piety. After seminary in St. Louis, he studied for two years at Yale University, and the M.A. he received there was the highest degree he earned. Rather than work for a doctorate, he became a pastor in Detroit, where in his 13 years of service a tiny congregation grew to one of 800 members. Part of his diary from those years was published in 1929 as Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic. During that time he began to attract attention through articles on social issues; as he said, he "cut [his] eyeteeth fighting [Henry] Ford." But the socialism to which he was attracted soon seemed naive to him: human problems could not be solved just by appealing to the good in people or by promulgating programs for change. Power, economic clout, was needed to change the systems set up by sinful groups, a position expressed in his 1932 book, Moral Man and Immoral Society. By this time Niebuhr was teaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he spent the rest of his career. Niebuhr's theology always took second place to ethics. He ran for office as a socialist, rescued Paul Tillich from Germany, became a strong supporter of Israel, gave up pacifism, and was often too orthodox for the liberals, too liberal for the orthodox. His The Nature and Destiny of Man is one of the few seminal theological books written by an American. In it he reiterates a theme that led some to place him in the Barthian camp of Neo-orthodoxy: the radical sinfulness of the human creature. The human condition as illumined by the Christian tradition was always the arena in which he worked.

General Editors' Introduction
General Essays on Love and Justice
The Spirit of Justice
Justice and Love
The Ethic of Jesus and the Social Problem
When Will Christians Stop Fooling Themselves?
Christian Faith and Natural Law
Love and Justice on the National Level
American Politics
Our Faith and Concrete Political Decisions
Christian Faith and Political Controversy
Rationing and Democracy
The Republican Victory
Democracy and the Party Spirit
Political Issues in Other Countries
Catholicism and Anarchism in Spain
The Hitler-Stalin Pact
Christianity and Politics in Britain
Socialized Medicine in Britain
Freedom as a Luxury
Economic Issues
Is Stewardship Ethical?
The Idolatry of America
How Philanthropic Is Henry Ford?
Ford's Five-Day Week Shrinks
Religion and the Class War in Kentucky
Spiritual Mobilization
Ideology in the Social Struggle
Inflation and Group Selfishness
Race Relations
The Confession of a Tired Radical
Christian Faith and the Race Problem
The Race Problem
Jews After the War
The Negro Issue in America
Fair Employment Practices Act
The Supreme Court on Segregation in the Schools
What Resources Can the Christian Church Offer to Meet Crisis in Race Relations?
Proposal to Billy Graham
Love and Justice in International Relations
A Variety of Issues
The Conflict Between Nations and Nations and Between Nations and God
On the Ethiopian War
The Will of God and the Van Zeeland Report
A Negotiated Peace
Allied Peace Aims
Repeal the Neutrality Act!
Chastisement Unto Repentance or Death
Anglo-Saxon Destiny and Responsibility
Airplanes Are Not Enough
The Limits of Military Power
Plans for World Organization
The Possibility of a Durable Peace
American Power and World Responsibility
Plans for World Reorganization
The San Francisco Conference
Can We Organize the World?
The "Enemy"
Love Your Enemies
The Bombing of Germany
The German Problem
What Is Justice?
The Bomb
The Atomic Bomb
The Hydrogen Bomb
Love and Justice and the Pacifist Issue
A Critique of Pacifism
Pacifism and the Use of Force
Why I Leave the F. O. R.
Pacifism Against the Wall
An Open Letter (to Richard Roberts)
To Prevent the Triumph of an Intolerable Tyranny
The Christian Faith and the World Crisis
Pacifism and "America First"
History (God) Has Overtaken Us
The Quaker Way
Is There Another Way?
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