Radical Monotheism and Western Culture
Radical Monotheism and WesternCulture by H. Richard Niebuhr
H. Richard Niebuhr, for many years Sterling Professor of Christian Ethics at YaleUniversity Divinity School, was one of mid-century's most respected teachers andwriters. This book presents in revised and expanded form the Montgomery Lectureson Contemporary Civilization which Dr. Niebuhr gave at the University of Nebraska in 1957. The six chapters were originally three lectures. To them areadded four supplementary essays that expand and complement the ideas in theLectures.Published in Louisville, KY by Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993. Originallypublished, New York, Harper, 1960. This material prepared for Religion Online byRichard and Sue Kendall.
Forward by James M. Gustafson
H. Richard Niebuhr was working on several projects during the 1950sand until his sudden death in 1962. Theological education in NorthAmerica is the beneficiary of his willingness to interrupt these projectsand study it; out of that project came
The purpose of the Church and Its Ministry: The Advancement of Theological Education,
co-authored withDaniel Day Williams and myself; and
The Ministry in HistoricalPerspectives,
co-edited with Williams. Another book,
Faith on Earth,
edited by Richard R. Niebuhr (New Haven, Conn.: Yale UniversityPress, 1989), was in manuscript form and was set aside during 1954-55when the study of theological education absorbed his full attention. TheMontgomery Lectures, which form the main body of
Radical Monotheism and Western Culture,
were delivered in 1957 at theUniversity of Nebraska in Lincoln. In May 1959 Niebuhr delivered theRobinson Lectures at the University of Glasgow, which were publishedposthumously as
The Responsible Self.
The proofs of
were delivered to our home in Lund, Sweden, when theNiebuhrs visited us there between their time in Scotland and Englandand their trip to Bonn, Germany, where he received an honorary degree.
The Responsible Self
is only part of what he would have included in amore comprehensive hook on Christian ethics, a book that hundreds of
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