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Radical Monotheism and Western Culture: With Supplementary Essays (Library of Theological Ethics) [Paperback]

By H. Richard Niebuhr (Author), James M. Gustafson (Foreword by) & Robin W. Lovin (Introduction by)
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This classic work of H. RICHARD NIEBUHR, one of the most influential theological ethicists of the 20th century, anticipates the substance of his mature thinking. NIEBUHR provides a thorough analysis of faith as confidence and loyalty and the forms as henotheism, polytheism, and radical monotheism. He answers directly the question "How is faith in God possible?"

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This reissue of a classic work of H. Richard Niebuhr, one of the most influential and creative theological ethicists of the twentieth century, highlights his mature thinking. By using path-breaking interpretations of faith as a basic dimension of human life and culture as an arena of faith in conflict, Niebuhr encourages further thought. This volume should be required reading for anyone interested in recent perspectives on theology and ethics.

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.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1993
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Series  Library Of Theological Ethics  
ISBN  0664253261  
ISBN13  9780664253264  

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More About H. Richard Niebuhr, James M. Gustafson & Robin W. Lovin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! H. RICHARD NIEBUHR was one of the most noted of American theologians. Among his books are several that are regarded as classics of American religou thought. The Kingdom of God in America, The Social sources of Denominationalism, and Christ and Culture. He was both a pastor and a scholar; he was ordained in 1916 by the Evangelical and Reformed Church after being graduated from Elmhurst College in 1912 and from Eden Theological Seminary in 1915. He served a pastorate in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1916 to 1918, hen joined Eden Theological Seminary as a professor. He became president of Elmhurst college, then taught at the Yale Divinity School from 1931 to 1962. Niebuhr was named Sterling Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics in 195. He died in 1962.

MARTIN E, NARTY is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago; he is senior editor of The Christian Century, and author, most recently, of Protestantism in the United States.

H. Richard Niebuhr was born in 1894 and died in 1962.

H. Richard Niebuhr has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Library of Theological Ethics
  2. Major Unpublished Writings

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Why no longer available online?  Oct 15, 2007
I agree with the reviewer who said this book should never have been allowed to go out of print. It speaks to an issue - what we mean when we say "God" or address "God" - that has been too long ignored by the progressive side of Protestant Christianity, a mistake that as made progressive Christianity less and less persuasive to the sons and daughters of progressive Christians.

I am also glad to see it back in print, but I have a caveat. Until recently, this book has been available free of charge to online readers at religion-online, a university-supported website with a wealth of materials reflecting the best of mid 20th century progressive theology. I had been using it in class and discovered only very recently that it has been "pulled" from availability online - coincidentally, at a time when it is finally being re-released in print. This seems odd for a book last copyrighted - according to the copyright announcement in the new edition - in 1960!! Unless large media companies have staged yet another retroactive-copyright coup in the last year, this book should have become public domain in 1988, absent any copyright renewal.

For me, this is a minor inconvenience. Although I will not have a hard copy in hand in time for my class on Thursday, having been previously content with the online book, I will purchase a copy. Before I decide whether to purchase that copy new or used, however, I'd like to know more about the relationship betwen the new print edition and the withdrawal of the online edition.

I would also like to point out that the re-enclosure of this now quite old text by copyright (or perhaps some other legal ploy) will considerably reduce the number of readers who will be exposed to it, which is a pity. Relatively few young internet-junkies probably read the whole thing online, but more of them would have read enough of it to become interested in Niebuhr online than will read it in print.
Wonderful  Apr 30, 2007
This is a wonderful book and resource for any theological library. H. Richard Niebuhr is a great theologian and helps to clarify certain points of theological doctrines.
A classic  Oct 18, 2002
This book should never have been allowed to go out of print; I am glad to see it available. The author was one of the great Christian ethicists in American history. His book, a collection of essays with overlapping themes, is still valuable. You will think about God and all the little gods we worship differently as a result of reading and thinking about this book. Also, Niebuhr has a unique, very fine writing style.

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