Sermons and Lectures

Our Lord's Conception of the Providence of God

In this sermon, delivered at United Theological Seminary in Richmond Virginia in 1952, Niebuhr discusses the dangers of the widely-held Protestant doctrine of Divine providence: the idea that history and human affairs are by turns divinely rewarded and punished.

American Power and Responsibility

In this address, given in 1954, Niebuhr discusses the pressing international issues of the day: the Cold War, the Hydrogen bomb, and the United States' role in international affairs.

Christianity and Communism

In an address in 1960 at the height of the Cold War, Niebuhr discusses the rise of Communism, the dangers of utopianism, and its threat to religious thought.

World Council Address

Niebuhr addresses the World Council of Churches Assembly in Amsterdam in 1948.

"The Meaning of the Birmingham Tragedy"
A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Reinhold Niebuhr

Niebuhr and James Baldwin are interviewed in the wake of the "Birmingham Tragedy," the murder of four African American children in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

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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.