Reinhold Niebuhr

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Birthday
21, 1892
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Jun 1, 1971 (78)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
21, 1892
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Jun 1, 1971 (78)

About

Theologian and author of Serenity Prayer who greatly influenced both political thought and Protestantism in America.

Before Fame

He was ordained a pastor in 1915, taking over a small church in Detroit and growing it from 46 to over 700 members over the course of a decade.

Trivia

Charting his own philosophical course, he contradicted both liberals in their views on the Social Gospel and religious conservatives in their views on biblical realism.

Family Life

His wife Ursula Niebuhr founded the Department of Religion at Barnard College.

Associated With

His idealogical legacy influenced everybody from Martin Luther King to Vietnam War policymakers to Barack Obama.