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This American MomentA Feminist Christian Realist Intervention$
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Caron E. Gentry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901264.001.0001

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Love in Political Times

Love in Political Times

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Chapter 1 Love in Political Times
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This American Moment
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Caron E. Gentry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901264.003.0002

This chapter delineates the continued relevance and necessity of Christian realism in political and international theology. Of particular importance is how Christian realism understands the fallible nature of human beings, their propensity to seek power, and how justice serves to contain (human) power. The chapter, however, will also explore in depth the two pivotal moments within Niebuhr’s own theology that has prevented Christian realism from being taken further. The first is when Niebuhr abandons love as an ordering principle. The second is when Niebuhr articulated the “moment of anxiety,” which refers to the moment when humans recognize their mutual vulnerability.

Keywords:   Christian realism, anxiety, love, political theology

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