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Love and Justice: Selections from the Shorter Writings of Reinhold Niebuhr
Reinhold Niebuhr is renowned for his unflinching honesty concerning issues of social ethics, specifically, love and justice. Humans, Niebuhr says, are incapable of perfect love. Therefore, their struggle against evil and injustice is doomed to only relative victory, although they strive to live in the ideal world. Niebuhr's concern with this paradox gave rise to numerous w ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Westminster John Knox Press
(first published June 1980)
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This is an accessible compilation of some of Niebuhr's work drawing from his publications in a number of periodicals over much of his writing career. It is interesting to watch Niebuhr's political theology morph over time from what he would one day call "sectarian utopianism" to what he termed "realism." Not a bad intro to Niebuhrian thought.