Religion: Man's Faith

Hawk-faced Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the most respected of U.S. theologians, is a strenuous man. When he lectures, his arms jab and flail the air; when he talks to friends he often changes his seat or walks about puffing cigarets; he is not content to pour out ideas about God & man; he wants to make them work in the imperfect world of political action.* Yet his reiterated text is man's powerlessness to act for his own salvation.

Human solutions can never be real solutions, says Theologian Niebuhr; the best they can do is substitute new problems for old.

Last week Reinhold Niebuhr...

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