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Why Niebuhr Now?

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Barack Obama has called him “one of my favorite philosophers.” John McCain wrote that he is “a paragon of clarity about the costs of a good war.” Andrew Sullivan has said, “We need Niebuhr now more than ever.” For a theologian who died in 1971, Reinhold Niebuhr is maintaining a remarkably high profile in the twenty-first century.

In Why Niebuhr Now? acclaimed historian John
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Diggins writes as much of a history of Niebuhrian thought as he does a systematic analysis.

I want to write a longer review when I have dug out more rigorous works by and reference to Niebuhr.

There is some, but little new ground covered for those already familiar with this theologian. It struck me in places as the 'advanced Cliff notes version' plus extras. I felt the dust jacket was somewhat misleading, but I many change my mind as I ponder a more rigorous review.

Still worth reading and it make
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Excellent introduction to the life and thought of Niehbuhr. Covers his major works: Moral Man, Immoral Society; Irony of American History; and Nature and Destiny of Man. Situates N within the context of other American intellectuals such as William James and John Dewey. Book could be somewhat difficult if you don't have a theological background.
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