H. Reinhold Niebuhr

SERMON: The Wheat and the Tares, by Reinhold Niebuhr

November 25, 2012

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which growth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and growth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For [...]

SATURDAY READING: A Man for All Reasons, by Paul Elie

November 24, 2012

From The Atlantic Monthly The vital center was not holding.  Arthur Schlesinger Jr., bow-tied eminence of American liberalism, stepped in.  The “war on terror” was sputtering into its fifth year, and there was no end in sight; Schlesinger was eighty-seven, and the hour was getting late.  He tapped out an essay for the New York Times, confident that the men down in Washington could be set straight if only they had the right guide.  Where, he asked, was the wisdom of his old friend Reinhold Niebuhr when the country needed it?  “Why, in an age of religiosity, has Niebuhr, the supreme American theologian of the twentieth century, dropped out of twenty-first-century religious discourse?” Schlesinger was evidently unaware that the [...]