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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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Announcement – Political Theology 18.5 Is Now Online

Political Theology, Volume 18, Issue 5, August 2017 is now available electronically at Taylor & Francis Online. This new issue contains the following articles: “Establishment Radical: Assessing the Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Reflections on the End of an Era“ Jeremy Luis Sabella Pages: 377-398 | DOI: 10.1179/1462317X15Z.000000000176 Abstract This article argues that Reinhold […]

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Christian Soteriology Implies That Theology Is Inherently Political (Fred Simmons)

The following is the last of a five-part symposium on the question “how theological is political theology”, which took place at the 2016 American Academy of Religion meeting in San Antonio.  The previous four articles can be found here, here, here, and here.  To address our panel’s question (how theological is political theology?) I interpret […]

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Christian Political Theology Needs To Grow Up And Become A Real Discipline (Jonathan Cole)

Contemporary Christian political theology presents a rather confusing picture. A cacophony of voices offers conflicting accounts of what the Bible says about politics and what a normative Christian attitude towards politics ought to look like. Many of these accounts infer or perform eisegesis on Scriptural warrants for any number of […]

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Class, Race, and Democratic Life: How to Read Niebuhr in 2016

As we inch toward the presidential elections of 2016, crawling through a seemingly endless desert of soundbites, debates, and TV advertisements, we would do well to step back and revisit Reinhold Niebuhr’s Cold War liberalism. The new collection of Niebuhr’s Major Works on Religion and Politics, edited by Elisabeth Sifton, shows that Niebuhr’s political reflections are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote, and can guide us through the political wasteland in which we currently find ourselves.

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Reinhold Niebuhr’s Complex Legacy on Race — Scott Paeth

Scott Paeth authors the latest post in our Niebuhr symposium, co-hosted by the Niebuhr Society and occasioned by the Library of America’s recent publication of Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics, edited by Elisabeth Sifton. The symposium is envisioned less as an exhaustive review of the collection than an exploration of its […]

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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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