Niebuhr and the Situation -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
I don't know if I am a Niebuhrian, but I find Reinhold Niebuhr to be a compelling figure, even if he's largely unknown to most contemporary Americans (except perhaps those who know him through the Serenity Prayer). He is known as a "realist," and at the end of the day, I think that describes my approach to things. Many who know of him ask about where the modern Niebuhr's are? That is, where are the theologians who engage the public sphere as Niebuhr did? Martin Marty offers some suggestions in this post stimulated by the new film that takes up his life -- An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, which I hope the local PBS station will air, since Niebuhr got his start as a pastor here in Detroit. It would be tragic if his story doesn't get told here, as much of whom he became was forged during his ministry here. I invite you to read and consider Niebuhr's legacy.