Reinhold Niebuhr

Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-06-21- 1971-06-01) was a Protestant theologian best known for his study of the task of relating the Christian faith to the reality of modern politics and diplomacy. He is a crucial contributor to modern just war thinking.
Found 21 thoughts of Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.

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Forgiveness is the final form of love.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

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Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.

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Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity.

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The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.

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Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.

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God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

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Democracies are indeed slow to make war, but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable, rather than a vindictive, peace.

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Human Beings are just good enough to make democracy possible...just bad enough to make it neccessary.

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There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.

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Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure.

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If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.

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There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.

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The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.

Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.

Reinhold Niebuhr

The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.

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