Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in History and University Honors
Reinhold Niebuhr was a complex theologian and intellectual, both a liberal and a critic of the left. His ideologies regarding modem ethics, philosophy, domestic and international crises during most of the twentieth century arose from the notion that man was both evil and capable of great change. Niebuhr often found simple solutions to ideological questions as incomplete and inadequate, and formulated answers to vexing questions by exposing the dialectic of the crises. This thesis attempts to follow his story, examining both the way in which the crises and events of the twentieth century shaped his ideology as well as the way that he, in tum, shaped American thought. In addition, this thesis examines the recent 'Niebuhr Revival ' in which polemists, academics, popular media and social movements have all looked to Niebuhr in shaping popular discourse today.
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Lang, Melissa Cornelius, "Reinhold Niebuhr and His Dialectic Approach to Twentieth-Century Crises" (2011). University Honors Theses. Paper 1003.