Reinhold Niebuhr: A Reality Check

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;therefore we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History

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5 thoughts on “Reinhold Niebuhr: A Reality Check

    • Roger, please post any insights once you’ve given it some thought. I started a few commentaries, but each time I deleted them. In some ways he says it all. If forgiveness is the final form of love, what’s “blame?”


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