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Author QuotedReinhold Niebuhr
Title QuotedChristian Realism and Political Problems
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/01/28
ImprintNew York : [s.n.]. 1957
QuotationI respect more and more the intelligence and integrity of Reinhold Niebuhr. His is one of the few authentically Christian voices that have something to say that is relevant for our time. And also an American voice, with a clarity, a sobriety, an objectivity, a lack of despair that should be ours. We do not have to speak with sick voices, as France does. "There is so little health in the whole of our modern civilization that one cannot find the island of order from which to proceed against disorder." (Xtian Realism and Polit[ical] Problems [New York, 1953], p 117)
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 91
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