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Reinhold Niebuhr

For Ferguson, We Need Less Niebuhr and More Baldwin

Edward J. Blum | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Edward J. Blum

We need fewer sighs and more plans; we need less complacency of an immoral world and more actions of moral women and men. If we don't, then we won't have "the fire next time." We'll have the fire right now.

Acceptance and Choice

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Fortunately, most of us don't suffer from an incurable disease and simply have to modify our attitudes to overcome setbacks. In our daily lives, the big question is: What should I accept and what can or should I choose to change?

I Was Wrong About The Origin Of The Serenity Prayer

Religion News Service | Fred Shapiro | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) In 2008 I made the front page of The New York Times by asserting that the greatest American theologian of the 20th century probably did not orig...

Why Reinhold Niebuhr Supported Israel

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

We believe that Niebuhr's early support for a future Jewish homeland in Palestine, and his practical concerns about the difficulties the project entailed, must be recalled now, when a document fiercely critical of Israel is making its way around the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination.

Daily Meditation: Serenity

Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Simple Modern Prayer That Captures Timeless Truths About Wisdom, Trust And Happiness

Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion

If you are familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous, have ever read Kurt Vonnegut’s 'Slaughterhouse Five' or saw the recent Denzel Washington movie 'Fligh...

'Moral Man and Immoral Society'

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

After a week which began with 12 killed at a Navy Yard shooting in Washington, and continued with 13 shot at a South Side park in Chicago, we still can't get Congress to pass legislation on background checks.

Which Niebuhr, President Obama?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Taken together, the Niebuhrs represent a tension at the heart of American liberal democracy: the desire to stand against evil decisively versus the need for self-reflection central to a moral community.

Your Key to Serenity Right Now

Hale Dwoskin | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Hale Dwoskin

Let go of the sense of wanting to change something and the unwanted pictures about it that you were holding in mind will dissolve, and then you'll courageously move into action to make the changes that are necessary.

The Gospel According To 'Game Of Thrones'

David Lose | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The recent furor in Christian circles about George R. R. Martin's magical and medieval-like world of Westeros reveals one of the unspoken dividing lines between two very different understandings of Christianity.

Taking Back Control

Bradley Foster | Posted 06.03.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Bradley Foster

Anxious people worry a lot. It's our attempt to control more than we are able to that elevates our stress hormones and affects our ability to sleep well. So, just what do we control?

Making Peace with the Past: Entering the Post-Regret Years

Carol Orsborn | Posted 01.10.2013 | Fifty
Carol Orsborn

In order to get on with our lives, we have to confront the discomforting truth that we may never know why we made the choices we did; why we got the unlucky family or set of circumstances. And even more so, that no amount of introspection may provide us with the means to rectify it all.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.

Jesus, Christian Theology And The Death Of Bin Laden

Greg Garrett | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Jesus rejected violence as a solution for his nation, and he rejected it personally, even when given that most powerful of temptations, to save one's own life through the use of violence.

An Honest Speech to the American People

Aaron David Miller | Posted 05.27.2011 | Politics
Aaron David Miller

Having written my fair share of speeches for secretaries of state and contributed to presidential ones, I'd love to hear President Obama give this speech tomorrow night.

WWND: What Would Niebuhr Do?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Chris Herlinger Religion News Service PRINCETON, N.J. (RNS) What happens when the contested legacy of America's most famous 20th-century theologia...

Obama's Eulogy Invokes Spirit Of Black Church, Reinhold Niebuhr

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon. Drawing on Scripture, theology an...

War Propaganda: Soldiers Become Pawns For The Powerful

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

As a Patriotic American and a former Marine, I urge all of us to get realistic about this war. At the rate of 8 billion dollars a month, do Americans want to be in Afghanistan for the next 15 years?

Mr. President: Find Your Inner Niebuhr

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

As Obama stumbles across the first anniversary of his presidency, he needs to find the inner Niebuhr he knew so well on the campaign trail, and especially reflect on his understanding of power.

Why Do Good People Form Bad Corporations?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Reinhold Niebuhr was one of Martin Luther King's favorite theologians. Niebuhr is President Obama's favorite theologian, too. It's too bad the Suprem...

Is Progress Possible? The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Celebrating MLK day without acknowledging religion is like admiring the exterior of the car without understanding the fuel and engine that makes it go.

From Randy To Rand: The New Political Fiction(s)

John Jeter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Jeter

Governor Mark Sanford -- the man who has confused the Appalachian Trail with Argentina and still holds public office writes about the Objectivist Philosopher.

Troop Increases and the Irony of Afghanistan

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kit Gallant

Is it not ludicrous to imagine that adding soldiers is the appropriate method for achieving our (vague) goals, given that our problems clearly don't stem from a military inferiority?

Idealism In Obama's America

The Point Mag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Cynicism about politics, rampant in the United States for years now, has peculiar features that distinguish it from its siblings in the disillusionmen...

Do We Lack the Will to Control Our Destiny?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Those who reminisce about Reinhold Niebuhr's thinking long for a "new" Niebuhr to help us in our present day crisis.