Original sin as the bedrock of democracy

More from Barton Swaim’s Wall Street Journal review of Reinhold Niebuhr’s  Major Works in Religion and Politics, explaining why the doctrine of original sin is necessary for a stable democracy. [Read more...]

Why governments cannot make utopias

The Library of America, known for its excellent editions of American literary classics, has added a theologian to its list, Reinhold Niebuhr, whose “Christian realism” taught his fellow mainline Protestants about the reality of sin, which must temper the promises of every “social gospel.”

After the jump, an excerpt from Barton Swaim’s Wall Street Journal review of his Major Works in Religion and Politics, giving Niebuhr’s reasoning and quotations from his writing, showing why utopias can’t happen and why governments must be limited.

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Removing a heterodox pastor

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is getting criticized for expelling a pastor and professor for publicly rejecting what the church believes.  But Aaron D. Wolf of Chronicles Magazine praises the LCMS for being willing to take this kind of action. [Read more...]

Offering our body and blood to our neighbor

Thanks to Steve Bauer, who, in commenting on our earlier post on the connection Luther saw between receiving Holy Communion and loving our neighbor, quoted this remarkable passage from A Sermon on Confession and the Lord’s Supper, in which Luther says that after we hear Christ’s words, “Take, eat, this is my body. . ..this is my blood,” we should turn to our neighbor and offer him our body and blood.  Read the passage, which is more eloquent than I can paraphrase, after the jump. [Read more...]

Donald Trump’s theology

Surprise Republican front-runner (leading with 24% of GOP voters, with Scott Walker second at 13%) Donald Trump said that he is a Christian.  Except for the forgiveness of sins part.  [Read more...]

The Sacrament and the love of neighbor

Martin Luther, quoted from Bible Studies on Mercy – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod:

There your heart must go out in love and devotion and learn that this sacrament is a sacrament of love, and that love and service are given you and you again must render love and service to Christ and His needy ones. You must feel with sorrow all the dishonor done to Christ in His holy Word, all the misery of Christendom, all the unjust suffering of the innocent, with which the world is everywhere filled to overflowing: You must fight, work, pray and, if you cannot do more, have heartfelt sympathy. That is bearing in your turn the misfortune and adversity of Christ and His saints. . . . [Read more...]


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