The Nature and Destiny of Man by Reinhold Niebuhr

The Nature and Destiny of Man (1943) issues a vigorous challenge to Western civilization to understand its roots in the faith of the Bible, particularly the Hebraic tradition. The growth, corruption, and purification of the important Western emphases on individuality are insightfully chronicled here.

This book is arguably Reinhold Niebuhr’s ( and most important work. It offers a sustained articulation of Niebuhr’s theological ethics and is considered a landmark in twentieth-century thought. Required reading for Divinity students, this has been read and appreciated by a much wider public.

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680 pages in Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN 978-0664257095

Reinhold Niebuhr

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