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The Nature and Destiny of Man, Vol 1

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Arguably Niebuhr's most important work, this book offers a sustained articulation of his theological ethics and is considered a landmark in 20th-century thought. This book issues a challenge to Western civilization to understand its roots in the faith of the Bible. The growth, corruption and purification of the important Western emphases on individuality are chronicled her ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published November 11th 1980 by Pearson (first published 1940)
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Dec 12, 2007 Jessica marked it as owned-for-years-but-still-not-read
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I'm pretty sure Lesley left this here with me when she moved to Boston to play house with a Rockabilly who came from the Interweb. How I wound up leaving Don Quixote on the curb in Brooklyn but dragging this through four apartments in three boroughs in the years since is a complete mystery to me.... must have something to do with human nature, which is honestly not something I know much about. And you know what? I never will, and I can say that with some certainty because I just noticed this is ...more
I read this volume half through & had to return it to the library. Hope to read a bit on vacation... I have the Scribner Library Edition with the green cover. Inside the front cover it reads: "3/12/85 Dear Shely, If you read this book, something wonderful would happen to you — you might come to agree with my view point. Julie"
Book is very clean with no notes or underlining and only a crease in the back cover: I'm afraid Shely never read it.
Grant Robertson

Does help to have a fairly good grasp of problems in philosophy and theology. As a theology bachelor, I felt the second half of the first volume more pertinent for my inquiry. Niebuhr's profundity should bring enjoyment on the first read, and even more enjoyment on subsequent readings.
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U.S. theologian. The son of an evangelical minister, he studied at Eden Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in the Evangelical Synod of North America in 1915 and served as pastor of Bethel Evangelical Church in Detroit, Mich., until 1928. His years in that industrial city made him a critic of capitalism and an advocate of socialism. From 1928 to 1960 he taught at New Yor ...more
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