The Prophetic and the Pragmatic in Politics

The twentieth‐century American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr had a particular dislike for Quakers. In the midst of the Cold War, Quakers urged peace and negotiation, measures that Niebuhr increasingly saw as foolhardy. For Niebuhr, the use of violence and war were the only ways to secure justice. He felt that Quaker efforts to follow Jesus’s command to love one’s enemies were preposterous. These were🔒

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Isaac May is a graduate of Earlham College and Harvard Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a PhD in religious studies at the University of Virginia. Isaac has published several articles on Quaker history. He holds membership in Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting.

Posted in: Features, January 2016: Quakers and the Political Process

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