In this essay for dewolf's seminar in systematic theology, king examines niebuhr's views both on the role of love and justice in society and on the tension between individual and corporate ethics he agrees with niebuhr's critique of the most idealistic forms of perfectionism but criticizes his pessimism about the. Permission to reproduce this essay must be sought from upa, 4720 boston way, lanham, maryland 20706 the highest form of rational ethics according to reinhold niebuhr is mutual love -- a giving and receiving in which all parties are considered equal in value while there is much to commend this ideal. After attending the seminary of his denomination, niebuhr went to yale divinity school he set aside initial in an interpretation of christian ethics (1935), niebuhr addresses the problem of being a follower of jesus in the 20th century beyond tragedy essays on the christian interpretation of history, by reinhold niebuhr. Moral action did not imply passivity in the face of sin, nor were leaders of communities bound by the same moral constraints as individuals though now primarily remembered for its tough-mindedness, niebuhr's book bears rereading to remind us that a realistic morality is not the same thing as amoral realism, that power,. (pubwestminster/john knox)reissue of niebuhr's crowning work in christian ethics niebuhr sees the heart of morality as a flexible response to others and in that guiding ideal of unlimited concern that goes beyond legalism and formalism niebuhr's capacity to summarize abstract principles in an accessible way is still. Buy the responsible self: an essay in christian moral philosophy (library of theological ethics) new edition by h richard niebuhr, william schweiker, james m gustafson (isbn: 9780664221522) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
For hobbes, machiavelli, and other founders of the realist tradition, the whole point of realism was to divorce politics from ethical factors niebuhr's attempt to fuse realism to ethics, much less the love ethic of jesus, constantly courted the danger of selling out the ethics to hold together the worldly cynicism. The responsible self was h richard niebuhr's most important work in christian ethics in it he probes the most fundamental character of the moral life and it stands today as a landmark contribution to the field the library of theological ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically it presents a. The official website of the niebuhr society the reason the political debate is back in the news is a recent essay in democracy journal concerning the conservative premise that voluntary charity could or the second is an interpretation of christian ethics, with a new introduction by edmund santurri.
This essay explores three major weaknesses of niebuhrian realism niebuhr rejected the christian just war tradition and did so explicitly as part of a polemic against roman catholic niebuhr, “very foolish to deny that the ethic of jesus is an absolute and uncom- promising ethic” the injunctions of the. An essay by lovin is reproduced below he teaches at southern methodist university niebuhr was the best known figure in his time in this country in the field of social ethics, or as it is often called today, public theology the photo is taken at union theological seminary (january 1, 1951) and includes.
He tapped out an essay for the new york times, confident that the men down in washington could be set straight if only they had the right guide no fighting faith, beinart's usable past is as secular as the glass-box office complexes on k street, and his niebuhr is not a teacher of christian ethics but a “tall, unaffected. Kevin carnahan authors the second post in our niebuhr symposium with a provocative essay on the 1943 article, “the bombing of germany” carnahan digs into the article's context to argue for a new reading of niebuhr on war and so much more the symposium is co-hosted by the niebuhr society and is. Karl paul reinhold niebuhr was an american theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at union theological seminary for more than 30 years niebuhr was one of america's leading public intellectuals for several decades of the 20th century and received the presidential medal of. Selected essays and addresses now newly repackaged, this important book gathers the best of niebuhr's essays together in a single volume as pastor of a parish in detroit and then as professor of christian ethics at union theological seminary, reinhold niebuhr became widely known for his forceful expression of.
As a response to world war i, in 1915-16 the church peace union (now carnegie council) launched an innovative program of peace education in churches and sunday schools it also held an essay contest, and the young reinhold niebuhr won the top prize for seminary students here is his winning essay, dated 1915. To mark this 50th anniversary, harpersanfrancisco has reissued christ and culture with a winsome foreword by martin marty, a lengthy and strangely defensive preface by ethicist james gustafson (niebuhr's student and friend), and a bonus essay, types of christian ethics (1942), in which niebuhr. A second way of using the scriptures in christian ethics is designated by long as the “deliberative” harnack, reinhold niebuhr, paul ramsey, and the natural law tradition in christian ethics are cited as examples of the articulating of the biblical norm in terms of philosophical categories such a view presupposes a certain.