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Trading Scalpels For Guillotines – A Reader’s Response To Robin Lovin On Niebuhrian Prophets (Dallas Gingles)

I read with interest two new articles on Reinhold Niebuhr that came out over the Thanksgiving holiday. They were a joint response by Scott Paeth and Daniel A. Morris to Robin Lovin’s recent article on Reinhold Niebuhr’s reliance on the prophetic tradition. They suggest that while Lovin is correct in his […]

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The Irony Of Environmental History (David Barr and Jeremy Sabella)

The following inaugurates an occasional symposium on contemporary politics through a Niebuhrian lens.  The original posts on which these discussions are based may be found here.  The debates around the Paris Agreement since President Trump’s announcement have revealed not only how much Americans disagree about climate change, but also how much we […]

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Middle East and European Refugee Crises Clamor For Heavy Infusion of “Christian Realism”

The Middle Eastern fiasco and the consequent refugee crisis in Europe, to which Western Christian intellectuals have responded with either a deer-in-the-headlights indecision or an all-too-familiar anti-Western (or at minimum anti-American) blame-gaming, suggests that we need a new and heavy infusion of “Christian realism” into our discourse. The expression “Christian […]

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3 for the Price of 1!: Christian Realism as God’s Totalitarianism

The Right of the Protestant Left: God’s Totalitarianism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) is really three books rolled into one, with three separate but overlapping arguments. Because of this, it can be hard to follow the different strands. I thought the most helpful way to introduce my book to readers would be to unpack each of the arguments. Before I begin, though, let me define briefly my subjects, the “old ecumenical Protestant left.” Like the old left it was affiliated with, the old Protestant left has often been reduced to a few of its leaders, namely Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich; the community orientation of the movement has thereby been lost…

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Is there Hope for Israel/Palsetine?

Hope is not drawn from the world-that-is. Hope is grounded in perceptions of the world-that-ought-to-be. It arises from the power of the world-that-ought-to-be. For Christians, the world-that-ought-to-be is the eschatological Kingdom of God. It is expected in the future, in God’s time. But, it is also in the present, which is God’s time. The Kingdom is a perpetual possibility, even as its realization must be perpetually deferred in its fullness.

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