American protestant theologian (1892–1971)
Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) was an American Reformed 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 Freedom in 1964. A public theologian, he wrote and spoke frequently about the intersection of religion, politics, and public policy, with his most influential books including Moral Man and Immoral Society and The Nature and Destiny of Man. The latter is ranked number 18 of the top 100 non-fiction books of the twentieth century by Modern Library. Andrew Bacevich labelled Niebuhr's book The Irony of American History "the most important book ever written on U.S. foreign policy." The historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. described Niebuhr as "the most influential American theologian of the 20th century" and Time posthumously called Niebuhr "the greatest Protestant theologian in America since Jonathan Edwards."
Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history therefore we must be saved by faith.
Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime therefore we must be saved by hope.
The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.
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