Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic

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Published JUNE 20

By Reinhold Niebuhr
The "notebook" thoughts of a brilliant person are quite as enlightening as his studied utterances and-often much more interesting.

Reinhold Niebuhr is one of the most penetrating of our younger group of thinkers. In "Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic" he has given us the unhampered reactions of his fine mind to the normal matters of life-the crystallized essence of the day's experience.

A questioning and open-minded young minister reports what he sees—what he hears—what he thinks. The reader watches. Page by page the cynic—the same cynic that is in us all—is tamed—not broken, not forced into compromised, but tamed by the release of impulses of sympathy, of maturer observation, of sincere analysis.

There is fine poise of judgment and delicate balancing of values throughout these Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic. This book is not abstract religious and secular philosophy. It is a report upon life and experience—upon America in the making. It is a book without pretense. Authority and dogma are absent, the book reveals an honest, unhampered and penetrating mind actually at work upon the vital problems of American civilization in their Christian import.

In a recent book, the dedication by Dr. Lynn Harold Hough, is "To my friend Reinhold Niebuhr, in whose words and writings the younger generation has achieved an almost disconcerting sincerity and a penetrating power of analysis which searches the conscience and refuses the comfort of even the most delicate and gracious spiritual self-deception."

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Willet, Clark & Colby — Publishers
440 S. Dearborn St., Chicago · 200 Fifth Ave., New York

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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.