Serenity Prayer: Faith And Politics In Times Of Peace And War

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W. W. Norton & Company, 4 ian. 2005 - 368 pagini
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A landmark work on the liberal ideals of the progressive American tradition, reaffirming their relevance for today: "A major contribution to the intellectual history of modernity." —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

In 1943, the renowned theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote a prayer for a church service in a New England village. Its appeal for grace, courage, and wisdom soon became famous the world over. Here, Elisabeth Sifton, Niebuhr's daughter, reclaims the true history of the Serenity Prayer and, in a poignant narrative, tells of efforts made by the brave men and women who, like Niebuhr, devoted their lives to the causes of social justice, racial equality, and religious freedom in a world spiraling into and out of economic depression and war. Recalling her father's efforts to warn the clergy of the dangers of fascism, and of America's own social and spiritual crises, Sifton reminds us of what is possible when liberal, open-minded leaders—not zealous fundamentalists or hawkish plutocrats—shape the conscience of the nation. The Serenity Prayer is itself a meditation on the power of prayer in morally compromised, unstable times.

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Elisabeth Sifton’s The Serenity Prayer is a biographical account of her father Reinhold Niebuhr, author of this prayer. Since its inception in 1943, the prayer itself has a rather interesting history ... Citește recenzia completă

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I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, only because it's a little long on many names that don't hold interest for the general reader. On the other hand, the story it tells and the light it casts on Reinhold ... Citește recenzia completă

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Elisabeth Sifton (1939--2019) was an author and senior vice president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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