Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (June 21, 1892 – June 1, 1971) was an American theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years. Niebuhr was one of America's leading public intellectuals for several decades of the 20th century and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
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The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization however imperfect against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
Our age knows nothing but reaction and leaps from one extreme to another.