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May 28, 2009

Niebuhrian Links

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 28, 2009


I have received a handful of requests for more background on Reinhold Niebuhr.  As a student (disciple?) of a student and disciple of Niebuhr, I am especially happy to do so. 

Four of Niebuhr’s texts are especially relevant to our days and the focus of this blog:

Moral Man and Immoral Society

The Irony of American History

Children of Light and Children of Darkness

The Structure of Nations and Empires

The link between Reinhold Niebuhr and Barack Obama is the topic of an April 2007 column by David Brooks.

Earlier this Spring, Brooks joined E.J. Dionne and Krista Tippet in discussing Niebuhr — and his relevance to current affairs — in a Georgetown University panel discussion.  The 82 minute discussion is also available as an edited podcast (53 minutes).

After you have read one or two of his books, you may have some fun listening/watching  to a 1958 interview of  Niebuhr by Mike Wallace.

While Niebuhr was very much a man of his era, he brought to contemporary issues a depth of thinking that is often timeless.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 28, 2009 @ 8:00 am

Great post and completely relevant in my judgement!

Comment by gooding

April 29, 2012 @ 8:40 am

Absolutely relevant, even now in 2012, which is over half a century later.

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