Reinhold Niebuhr


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  • ''A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections.''
    Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), U.S. theologian, historian. Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, 1928 entry (1930).
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  • ''Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.''
    Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), U.S. theologian, historian. Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, 1928 entry (1930).
  • ''I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth.''
    Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), U.S. theologian, historian. Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, 1928 entry (1930).
  • ''Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.''
    Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), U.S. theologian, historian. The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, foreword (1944).

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