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Reinhold Niebuhr and the Ethics of Christian Realism

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After considering the social and pastoral context in which Niebuhr began to develop his theology, some of the leading influences and dominant themes are identified. Through engaging with a gritty Marxian class analysis Niebuhr launched his attack upon the social idealism of so much of the Christian witness of his generation. In mid-life the critique of liberalism and his ‘Christian realism’ are informed by a wrestling with the Augustinian and Reformation traditions. Later still Christian realism gives way to a more pragmatic chastened liberalism. The dualism between the personal and social, which characterized Niebuhr’s ethics throughout his life, is critiqued and seen as part of a general pessimism that betrays the degree to which he remained marked by the Lutheran tradition.

Affiliations: 1: Church of Ireland Dean of Kildare Cathedral Ireland


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