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The Nature and Destiny of Man issues a vigorous challenge to Western civilization to understand its roots in the faith of the Bible, particularly the Hebraic tradition. The growth, corruption, and purification of the important Western emphases on individuality are insightfully chronicled here. This book is arguably Reinhold Niebuhr’s most important work. It offers a sustained articulation of Niebuhr’s theological ethics and is considered a landmark in twentieth-century thought.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

  • Explores the link between Christian faith and ordinary experience
  • Focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically
  • Offers a sustained articulation of Niebuhr's theological ethics

Volume I: Human Nature

  • Man as a Problem To Himself
  • The Problem of Vitality and Form in Human Nature
  • Individuality in Modern Culture
  • The Easy Conscience of Modern Man
  • The Relevance of the Christian View of Man
  • Man as Image of God and as Creature
  • Man as Sinner
  • Man as Sinner (Continued)
  • Original Sin and Man’s Responsibility
  • Justitia Originalis

Volume Ii: Human Destiny

  • Human Destiny and History
  • The Disclosure and the Fulfillment of the Meaning of Life and History
  • The Possibilities and Limits of History
  • Wisdom, Grace and Power (The Fulfillment of History)
  • The Conflict Between Grace and Pride
  • The Debate on Human Destiny in Modern Culture: The Renaissance
  • The Debate on Human Destiny in Modern Culture: The Reformation
  • Having, and Not Having, the Truth
  • The Kingdom of God and the Struggle for Justice
  • The End of History
  • Title: The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation
  • Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 684
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-10-06T19:20:23Z

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Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), born in Wright City, Missouri was a major American theologian and political thinker of the mid-twentieth century. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Niebuhr served as pastor of Bethel Evangelical Church in Detroit (1915-28), where he became deeply interested in social problems. In 1928 he began teaching at Union Theological Seminary, becoming professor of applied Christianity in 1930; he remained in this post until his retirement in 1960.

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