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The Responsible Self: An Essay in Christian Moral Philosophy
Westminster John Knox Press / 1999 / Paperback
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(PUBWestminster/John Knox)Reissue of Niebuhr's crowning work in Christian ethics. Niebuhr sees the heart of morality as a flexible response to others and in that guiding ideal of unlimited concern that goes beyond legalism and formalism. Niebuhr's capacity to summarize abstract principles in an accessible way is still hard to match. 188 pages, softcover.
The Responsible Self was H. Richard Niebuhr's most important work in Christian ethics. In it he probes the most fundamental character of the moral life and it stands today as a landmark contribution to the field.
The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.
H. Richard Niebuhr (1894-1962) was a prominent twentieth-century American theologian. He was Sterling Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is known for his books The Responsible Self and Radical Monotheism and Western Culture.
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