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The nature and destiny of man : a Christian interpretation

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941-1943.
Series: Gifford lectures, 1939.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

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Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971.
Nature and destiny of man.
New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1941-43
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reinhold Niebuhr
OCLC Number: 385681
Notes: "The first series of these lectures was given in April and May of 1939 ... the second series was given in October of 1939"--Page viii.
Description: 2 volumes ; 22 cm.
Contents: I. Human nature --
II. Human destiny.
Series Title: Gifford lectures, 1939.
Responsibility: by Reinhold Niebuhr.

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The classical view of man -- The Christian view of man -- The modern view of man -- The rationalistic view of human nature -- The romantic protest against rationalism -- The errors of romanticism -- Romantic elements in Marxism -- The social basis of conflicting theories -- The Christian sense of individuality -- The idea of individuality in the renaissance -- Bourgeois civilization and individuality -- The destruction of individuality in naturalism -- The loss of the self in idealism -- The loss of the self in romanticism -- The effort to derive evil from specific historical sources -- Nature as a source of virtue -- The optimism of idealism -- Individual and general revelation -- Creation as revelation -- Historical and special revelation -- Biblical basis of the doctrines -- The doctrine of man as creature -- Temptation and sin -- The sin of pride -- The relation of dishonesty to pride -- The equality of sin and the inequality of guilt -- Sin as sensuality -- Pellagra doctrines -- Augustinian doctrines -- Temptation and inevitability of sin -- Responsibility despite inevitability -- Literalistic errors -- Essential nature and original righteousness -- The locus of original righteousness -- The content of justitia originalis as law -- The transcendent character of justitia originalis -- Where a Christ is not expected -- History reduced to nature -- History swallowed up in eternity -- Where a Christ is expected -- Types of messianism -- Prophetic messianism -- The relation of prophetism to messianism -- The failure of messianism to answer the prophetic problem -- Jesus' own reinterpretation of prophetic messianism -- Jesus' rejection of Hebraic legalism -- Jesus' rejection of nationalistic particularism -- Jesus' rejection of the answer of Hebraic messianism for the problem presented by prophetism -- Jesus' reinterpretation of the eschata -- The acceptance by Christian faith of the expected and the rejected messiah -- Christ crucified as the ``wisdom of god and the power of god'' -- The relation of the ``wisdom of god'' to the ``power of god'' -- The identity of wisdom and power -- The difference between wisdom and power -- The foolishness of god and the wisdom of men -- Sacrificial love and the sinlessness of Christ -- The relation of Christ’s perfection to history -- The perfection of Christ and innocency -- The perfection of Christ and possibilities of history -- The relation of Christ’s perfection to eternity -- Summary -- The biblical doctrine of grace -- Grace as power in, and as mercy towards, man -- `I am crucified with Christ' -- `nevertheless I live' -- `yet not I: but Christ liveth in me' -- Grace as the power not our own -- Grace as the forgiveness of our sins -- Pre-Augustinian conceptions of grace -- The catholic conception of grace -- The destruction of the catholic synthesis -- The meaning of the renaissance -- Sectarian Protestantism and the renaissance -- The triumph of the renaissance -- The Lutheran reformation -- The Calvinistic reformation -- A synthesis of reformation and renaissance -- The problem of the truth -- The test of tolerance -- Catholicism and toleration -- The reformation and toleration -- The renaissance and toleration -- The relation of justice to love -- Laws and principles of justice -- Structures of justice -- The unity of vitality and reason -- Types of power in social life -- The organization and balance of power -- The Christian attitude to government -- Justice and world community -- The New Testament ideas of the end -- The Parousia -- The last judgment -- The resurrection -- The end and meaning of history -- The diversity and unity of history -- The rise and fall of cultures and civilizations -- The individual and history -- The unity of history -- Index of scriptural passages -- Index of proper names -- Index of subjects.


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