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Smith, Graeme (2014) Taking Sides: An Investigation into Reinhold Niebuhr’s Rise to the Position of Public Intellectual. International Journal of Public Theology, 8. pp. 131-157. ISSN 1872-5171

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This article investigates the reason for Reinhold Niebuhr’s rise to prominence as a pub- lic intellectual; it considers first the nature of Niebuhr’s success before then arguing that the rhetorical style of his sermons and lectures, the polemical style of his journal- ism and his political activism were major factors in his rise. What is suggested in the article is that Niebuhr constructed himself as a political figure and that this was crucial in his rise to prominence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reinhold Niebuhr – public theology – rhetorical style – political activism – popular journalism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
Divisions: Departments > Theology
Depositing User: Graeme Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 14:17

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