Religion: Sin Rediscovered

The religious book-of-the-year was published last week, and it puts sin right back in the spotlight. Its author: Union Seminary's Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, high priest of Protestantism's young intellectuals. Its title: The Nature and Destiny of Man: Volume I (Scribner; $2.75). Its significance: that America's most influential theologian is reversing the optimistic and rationalistic trend of Christian liberalism to lead his legions back to an almost medieval emphasis on the basic sinfulness of man.

The book is doubly interesting because 15 years ago Dr. Niebuhr was himself an outstanding exponent of the liberal...

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