"Because he loves the Father with perfection of human eros, therefore he loves men in the perfection of divine agape" --H. R. Niebuhr
H. Richard Niebuhr (1894-1962)
H.R.N.'s theology (together with that of his colleague at Yale, Hans Frie) has been one of the main sources of post-liberal theology, sometimes called the "Yale School."
The Social Sources of Denominationalism (1929)
The Church Against the World by H. Richard Niebuhr,
Wilhelm Pauck and Francis P. Miller (1935):
The Purpose of the Church and Its Ministry (1956):
The Kingdom of God in America (1937)
The Meaning of Revelation (1941)
Christ and Culture (1951)
My study Radical Monotheism and Western Culture (1960) The Responsible Self (1962) Faith on Earth: An Inquiry into the Structure of Human Faith (1989).
A Brief Indroduction:
Helmut Richard Niebuhr was born in Wright City, Missouri and brought up in a German American Family. His father, Gustav Niebuhr, was a minister in the Evangelical Synod of North America. His older brother, Reinhold Niebuhr,
became a leading Neo-orthodox and Realist ethicist and theologian. His sister, Hulga Niebuhr, trained students at McCormick Theological Seminary (New York).
Richard Neibuhr was educated at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois; Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Missouri; and Yale Divinity School.
He taught at Eden Theological Seminary from 1919 to 1931, served as president of Elmhurst College from 1924 to 1927, and taught at Yale from 1931 to 1962. He specialized in theology and Christian ethics and was concerned with the absolute sovereignty of God and the issue of historical relativism. He considered Karl Barth and Ernst Troeltsch to be his main influences.
His most famous work is Christ and Culture. It is often referenced in discussions and writings on a Christian's response to the world around them.