Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism

Monday, April 9, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


As Christians, how should we balance realism and idealism in our social and political lives? In this three-session class series, parishioners Jeremy Waldron and Curt Peters reflect on this question by examining the contributions of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). Niebuhr’s notion of “Christian Realism” took seriously the implications of human sin and applied that awareness to American foreign policy in the 1940s through the 1960s. The class explores Niebuhr’s influential version of realism, and considers continuities and differences between Christian realism and modern secular realism in foreign affairs. The classes meet on Mondays, April 9, 16, and 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Andrew Hall.

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