By Robin W. Lovin
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was once an incredible American theologian and political philosopher of the mid-twentieth century. He has obtained a lot awareness from biographers and historians lately, yet, on the grounds that his idea continues to be very proper for modern ethics, a reassessment is due of what he may perhaps give a contribution to present puzzling over politics and society. This publication is meant to give Niebuhr's principles approximately "Christian Realism" in a fashion that would be precious to those that are brooding about latest social matters.
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Love defies reduction to a universally valid rule of action, but it enables us to make judgments about the choices that are actually before us. It allows us to distinguish those who move toward the impossible ideal from those who move away from it. There are no doubt psychological and cultural preconditions that explain why Niebuhr's confidence was so easily sustained and so well received in the middle decades of the twentieth century, just as there are no doubt elements of genius in his own insights that are lost in any attempt to generalize his message.
There are no doubt psychological and cultural preconditions that explain why Niebuhr's confidence was so easily sustained and so well received in the middle decades of the twentieth century, just as there are no doubt elements of genius in his own insights that are lost in any attempt to generalize his message. Nevertheless, this book is written with my own confidence that a systematic treatment of the main elements of Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Realism will help us to formulate a version of it that will be adequate to the tasks of Christian ethics in our own day.
31 Pragmatism in its origins is closely linked with American religious thought, although its leading exponents often had little use for conventional Christian doctrines and institutions. Peirce, the originator of pragmatism, gave considerable attention to the reconciliation of mathematical, scientific, and religious worldviews in a unified account of a single reality. 32 James, who became the best-known exponent of pragmatism, and the one whose views most influenced religious thought in the early twentieth century, produced a classic treatment of the psychology and philosophy of religious experience, but his radical pluralism tended to undermine the importance, if not the very possibility, of a monotheistic faith.