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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics$
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Richard Harries and Stephen Platten

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.001.0001

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Falling Far Short

Falling Far Short

Taking Sin Seriously

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(p.116) 8 Falling Far Short
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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics
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Martyn Percy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0009

This brief chapter lightly sketches the contours of the difficulties churches currently face, in our modern secular society, of talking about sin. Implied within this, of course, comes a complementary struggle: how to talk about salvation and redemption, but in terms other than those that reflect our zeitgeist, namely greater spiritual fulfilment and personal development. The focus is the grammar and doctrine of sin: pondering its absence in public space, some of the consequences of that absenteeism, and how Reinhold Niebuhr's insights contained within the two volumes of The Nature and Destiny of Man might help us to reflect on this situation.

Keywords:   Reinhold Niebuhr, sin, salvation, redemption, The Nature and Destiny of Man

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