The Niebuhr Legacy

Sermons and Audio

A gallery of Reinhold Niebuhr's sermons, along with discussions of his life and work.

Our Lord's Conception of the Providence of God
In this sermon, delivered at United Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, in 1952, Niebuhr discusses the dangers of the widely-held Protestant doctrine that history and human affairs are by turns divinely rewarded and punished.

American Power and Responsibility
In this address, given in 1954, Niebuhr discusses the pressing international issues of the day: the Cold War, the hydrogen bomb, and the United States' role in international affairs.

Christianity and Communism
In an address in 1960 at the height of the Cold War, Niebuhr discusses the rise of communism, the dangers of utopianism, and its threat to religious thought.

World Council Address
Niebuhr addresses the World Council of Churches Assembly in Amsterdam in 1948.

Niebuhr and James Baldwin
Reinhold Niebuhr and James Baldwin are interviewed in the wake of the murders of four African-American children in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

Elisabeth Sifton Discusses the Serenity Prayer on NPR
In 2005, the program Fresh Air featured a discussion about the origins of the prayer, its historical context, and the circumstances around its authorship.

Obama and Niebuhr: A Conversation
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne discuss Reinhold Niebuhr and Barack Obama at Georgetown University in 2009. The conversation was moderated by American Public Media's Krista Tippett.

 


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