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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195379683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195379686
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is a worthy read and critically important as an instrument to raise our sights and question our usual thinking."--Journal of Church and State


"Richard Crouter's elegant, concise book on Reinhold Niebuhr's thought and legacy is a magnificent introduction to the life and work of this 20th-century theologian and public intellectual. . . Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith renders the complexity of Niebuhr's thought light, and it makes for a wonderfully entertaining read. Crouter's prose beautifully captures and translates Niebuhr for a casual reader . . ."
--Kate Moos, NPR's Being blog


"An incisive, deeply informed, and altogether splendid book. As he dissects and clarifies the ongoing Niebuhr revival, Richard Crouter greatly enriches our appreciation of the man and his work."

-- Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism


"Richard Crouter gives us an introduction that matches the depth and variety of Niebuhr's work. History, theology, and politics come together in these pages as they did in Niebuhr's thought. By the end we see clearly why Niebuhr was provocative and challenging to his contemporaries, and why he should still be for us."

-- Robin W. Lovin, author of Christian Realism and the New Realities


"Richard Crouter adeptly describes the revival of interest in Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian realist approach to politics and insightfully explains why both--Niebuhr and the revival--matter. This is a welcome contribution to a burgeoning field."

-- Gary Dorrien, author of Social Ethics in the Making: Interpreting an American Tradition


About the Author

Richard Crouter is the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Carleton College in Minnesota. He is co-editor of the Journal for the History of Modern Theology and author of Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism (2005).

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Born in Washington, D.C., Richard Crouter is the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He grew up in Southern California where he studied history, philosophy, and religion at Occidental College. Having decided on a career in college teaching he set out to study the formation of Christian theology in Greco-Roman antiquity as well as the challenges facing Christianity in the modern period.

Following graduate study at Union Theological Seminary in New York and the University of Heidelberg, he taught in the Department of Religion at Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota and came to specialize on the work of the German pastor, theologian, and philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), widely known as the "founder of modern Protestant theology." His interests range from Biblical studies to St. Augustine and Kierkegaard, and the relationship between religion, politics, and modern secularity. He has lectured widely in the U.S. as well as overseas, especially in Germany and the U.K.

In the 1980s he published the first English translation of the 1799 edition of Schleiermacher's On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, a classic text within German romanticism that sees religion as akin to poetry, initiated by a sense of awe and wonder about the universe (Cambridge University Press, 1988, 1996). Together with Julie Klassen in Carleton's German Department, he translated texts regarding Jewish emancipation in Berlin in which Schleiermacher played a major part, A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin (Hackett Publishing, 2004). For some fifteen years he co-edited the Journal for the History of Modern Theology (Walter de Gruyter).

Recent titles include a collection of essays on pivotal aspects of Schleiermacher's illustrious career, Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism (Cambridge, 2005, paper 2007) and a primer on the "Niebuhr Revival" within U.S. political and religious culture, written for general readers, Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith (Oxford, 2010). His current projects include another book on Schleiermacher under the title, Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Making of Modern Theology, to be published by Oxford University Press. A member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield, Minnesota, he gives talks and mini-courses on the ongoing religious and political significance of Reinhold Niebuhr (d. 1971) for the 21st-century.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Orlo Otteson on February 3, 2011
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Reinhold Niebuhr's writings have long informed and influenced (sometimes perplexed and exasperated) the American intelligencia--theologians, philosophers, political theorists, historians, and other professionals. Now, in 140 pages of clear, unpretentious, closely argued prose, professor emeritus Richard Crouter (Carleton College) has given the general reader critical insights into Niebuhr's thought and its relation to contemporary American life--and to 21st century global issues.

Niebuhr's thinking poured out in a steady stream of sermons, articles, and books. He's a difficult thinker to summarize and difficult (as the author notes) to "get a handle on." But Crouter has indeed given us some handles--and they are good ones. His discussions strive to free Niebuhr from the grasp of political writers, to lift him out of the acrid debate between the political right and left, and to give us a more coherent view of this seminal thinker.

Reinhold Niebuhr on Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith is a book for those who are seeking a way forward in the face of bitter and seemingly (at times) overpowering realities. It is a book for those who wonder if the American sense of inevitable progress, the notion of a better day ahead, has become an illusion--a false promise that impedes our need to confront the hard realities surrounding war, peace, economic well-being, and personal security. And it is a book for those who wish to further understand what Henry James called "the complex fate of being an American."
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charmer M. on February 24, 2014
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Required reading for college. It was at time a bore, but in the end full of information. If needed get this book.
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