In 2010 President Obama appealed to Niebuhr’s Christian realism in his Nobel Peace Prize lecture to … In our own era it’s unthinkable that a theologian would write one of the indispensable books on American foreign policy. “The Irony of American History”, p.63, University of Chicago Press Reinhold Niebuhr was a well known American theologian and intellectual who earned great fame and admiration of the masses. The connection between the Irony of American History and the Obama administration is clear and explicit. President Obama has admitted partiality toward Reinhold Niebuhr's realism, the use of imperfect means to achieve ethical ends. Niebuhr continues to be the favorite theologian of Americans in public life. This hour with David Brooks and E.J. Obama called Reinhold Niebuhr his favorite philosopher, but few know about the controversial pastor today. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Obama calls Protestant pastor his favorite philosopher N.B.

Niebuhr was ordained as a minister in the German Evangelical Synod of North America, following which he pastored the middle class for almost 13 years. But at nearly the exact midpoint of the last century, the Christian thinker Reinhold Niebuhr’s classic The Irony of American History took the measure of not only America’s role in the emergent Cold War but also its sense of mission in the world. Niebuhr was ordained as a minister in the German Evangelical Synod of North America, following which he pastored the middle class for almost 13 years. Although Obama’s first term has done little to raise his own popularity, it has done much to restore public favor to another man—the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

Sagely seizing on that interest, my venerable sales rep Henry J. Hubert sent me a copy to review. I think it is cool that he is Obama’s favorite philosopher/ theologian. But at nearly the exact midpoint of the last century, the Christian thinker Reinhold Niebuhr’s classic The Irony of American History took the measure of not only America’s role in the emergent Cold War but also its sense of mission in the world.

Last year, Barack Obama cited Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) as one of his favorite philosophers. Christianity Today, Elesha Coffman, May 19, 2017.

Authoritarian governments are collapsing in the Middle East, and in the absence of credible alternatives, Sunni and Shi’ite religious groupings, fueled by ancient hatreds, are fighting each other to … N early 50 years since his death, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr still routinely makes headlines. Although Obama’s first term has done little to raise his own popularity, it has done much to restore public favor to another man—the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

Reinhold Niebuhr (2010). Perhaps not since President Jimmy Carter acknowledged Niebuhr's influence in his 1976 campaign has the name been on so many people's lips.

” (Obama, 2007) Brooks recounts that he went on to give a perfect, twenty minute, summation of Niebuhr’s book, The Irony of American History. Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr in Obama’s ISIS Speech. Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) was an American Reformed theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years. PRESIDENT OBAMA, like many well-read inhabitants of public life, is a professed admirer of Reinhold Niebuhr, the famous mid-20th-century Protestant theologian. Reinhold Niebuhr is Unseen Force in 2008 Elections by Benedicta Cipolla Religion News Service Thirty-six years after his death, Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr seems more alive than ever. Reinhold Niebuhr was a well known American theologian and intellectual who earned great fame and admiration of the masses. Obama has referred to Niebuhr’s influence on his thinking in several interviews. The choice contrasted with George W. Bush's famous citation In the wake of Barack Obama’s speech in Oslo, there has been much talk--some of it based on intellectual hearsay--about the influence that theologian Reinhold Niebuhr had on Obama. Niebuhr was one of America's leading public intellectuals for several decades of the 20th century and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. In our own era it’s unthinkable that a theologian would write one of the indispensable books on American foreign policy. Nearly 50 years since his death, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr still routinely makes headlines. But, by slowing down the process of a response to Syria, he opened space for H. Richard's vision for a larger peace. A lthough obama, in his conversation with Brooks, properly summarized portions of Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought, one could see the president’s affinity for Niebuhr as merely characteristic of the times. Barack Obama has cited the 20th-century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr as one of his favorite philosophers, an influence on his understanding of the world, of religion, and of politics. I already had on file a quote from Reinhold Niebuhr when I came across The Irony of American History (University of Chicago Press, $17.00) in a spring catalog, so my interest was already piqued. Richard Crouter, Carleton College, USA, and author of Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith ’The Irony of Barack Obama is a cogent and fair-minded analysis that draws insightfully on the thought of Reinhold Niebuhr to assess Barack Obama's politics and his Niebuhrianism.’