Feast of Reinhold Niebuhr (June 2)


Reinhold Niebuhr

Neo-Orthodox Theologian; died in 1971

Reinhold Niebuhr was my favorite Twentieth-Century theologian.



A 2005 New York Times essay by historian Arthur S. Schelesinger, Jr., follows:

Forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr

Published: September 18, 2005

THE recent outburst of popular religiosity in the United States is a most dramatic and unforeseen development in American life. As Europe grows more secular, America grows more devout. George W. Bush is the most aggressively religious president Americans have ever had. American conservatives applaud his “faith-based” presidency, an office heretofore regarded as secular. The religious right has become a potent force in national politics. Evangelicals now outnumber mainline Protestants and crowd megachurches. Billy Graham attracts supplicants by the thousand in Sodom and Gomorrah, a k a New York City. The Supreme Court broods over the placement of the Ten Commandments. Evangelicals take over the Air Force Academy, a government institution maintained by…

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