In adversity

The difficult decisions of responsible love
In Elisabeth Sifton’s The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War, the author describes how Reinhold Niebuhr, her father, moved away from the pacifism that prevailed among mainline religious leaders in the years after World War I. Niebuhr in New York and Paul Tillich in Germany both saw in the rise of Hitler’s National Socialism an evil so palpable that Christian morality demanded that it be opposed forcefully.


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