Religion: Needed: New Symbols

The Niebuhrs are the Trapp family of theology. Reinhold is professor of ethics and theology at Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary; his younger brother, H. (for Helmut) Richard, is professor of theology and Christian ethics at Yale University Divinity School; and H. Richard's son, Richard R. (for Reinhold), is associate professor of theology at Harvard Divinity School. In last week's Christian Century, Niebuhr No. 2, H. Richard, analyzes the nature of his own faith and how it has changed.

Deification of the Scriptures. Like many another Protestant of his generation, 65-year-old Theologian Niebuhr reacted against the liberalism which ignored church tradition and turned...

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