Religion: Justification of Justice

A solemn questioning of the optimistic view that human evil is due merely to human ignorance is being conducted by Protestant Reinhold Niebuhr of New York City's Union Theological Seminary. In Vol. I (Human Nature, TIME, March 24, 1941) of his work The Nature and Destiny of Man, Dr. Niebuhr found the roots of sin in pride and self-righteousness. In his second volume, Human Destiny (Scribner; $2.75), Dr. Niebuhr examines past and present interpretations of history.

Question, Stumbling Block. To the Greeks, the coming of Christ was not expected. Thus the Greek thinkers...

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