Moral Man and Immoral Society. A Study in Ethics and Politics

Niebuhr, Reinhold

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Octavo. XXV, [3], 284pp. Original printed wraps over red cloth with gold lettering on front cover and spine. Niebuhr's major contribution was his view of sin as a social event - as pride - with selfish self-centeredness as the root of evil. The sin of pride was apparent not just in criminals, but more dangerously in people who felt good about their deeds - rather like Henry Ford (whom he did not mention by name). The human tendency to corrupt the good was the great insight he saw manifested in governments, business, democracies, utopian societies, and churches. This position is laid out profoundly in his most influential books, "Moral Man and Immoral Society" (1932). Some age-wear on wrappers with spine and edges age-toned. Wrappers in overall good-, binding and interior in very good condition. About the author: Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an American theologian and commentator on public affairs. Starting as a leftist minister in the 1920s indebted to theological liberalism, he shifted to the new Neo-Orthodox theology in the 1930s, explaining how the sin of pride created evil in the world. He attacked utopianism as useless for dealing with reality, writing in The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944): "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." His realism deepened after 1945 and led him to support American efforts to confront Soviet communism around the world. A powerful speaker and lucid author, he was the most influential religious leader of the 1940s and 1950s in American public affairs. Niebuhr battled with the religious liberals over what he called their naive views of sin and the optimism of the Social Gospel, and battled with the religious conservatives over what he viewed as their naive view of Scripture and their narrow definition of "true religion." His long-term impact involves relating the Christian faith to "realism" in foreign affairs, rather than idealism, and his contribution to modern "just war" thinking. Niebuhr's perspective had a great impact on many liberals, who came to support a "realist" foreign policy. His influence has been acknowledged by such recent leaders of American foreign policy as Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama. (From WIKIPEDIA). Bookseller Inventory #

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