Fall 2010: The Theology and Ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Fall I took a class with Dr. W. Stacy Johnson titled “The Theology and Ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr.”  The summary of the course as per the syllabus was:

This course offers a critical analysis of two of the most influential American Christian voices in the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on their theological background, their understanding of the relation of theology and culture, and their methodological importance for ethical thought and practice in our day.  Topics to be explored include Niebuhr’s influence on King; King’s place in American theology and ethics; the relationship of each man to the Social Gospel movement; the place of race, gender, and politics in their work; and their continuing influence on prophetic religious thought today.

The books used were:

Reinhold Niebuhr

Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics (1932)

The Nature and Destiny of Man:…

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