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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Niebuhr, Obama, and Punk Rock


Responding to my sermon last Fall about Reinhold Niebuhr and Barack Obama, seminary graduate and First Presby, Phil Steffey, has been inspired to lead us in a study of Niebuhr. This is from Phil:

Punk/Folk singer Billy Bragg wrote a song lyric that goes like this, " . . . no power without accountability." Thus from May 6 to June 11, the Wednesday night study group will be reading and studying a man whose best friend was Eric Erickson, influenced King more than Ghandi and of whom President Obama is a keen student . . . Reinhold Niebuhr.

One of the most important theologians of the last century and one who certainly helped the church understand and appreciate the role it can play between the balance of power and accountability.

We will read Niebuhr's Moral Man and Immoral Society, Love and Justice, the Shorter Writings of Reinhold Niebuhr, and if time will allow The Irony of American History.

So if interested, please purchase the first two works at your convenience and we will start with "Moral Man" first. So please bring your appetite for a good theologian and good discussion and even better fellowship.

PS

It wouldn't hurt to buy a few Billy Bragg CDs as well.
Thanks, Phil! This will be great! Get the books. It starts Wednesday May 6th at 6 p.m.



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