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date: 20 January 2021

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This article analyzes H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture. It discusses Niebuhr's triadic interweaving of faith, history, and ethics; and his identification of the ‘enduring problem’ at the heart of all forms of Christian ethical theory, discourse, counsel, and behaviour as the problem of the relation of God and history. It argues that while Christ and Culture does not examine the chronological development of Christian thought nor the social history of Christianity, it does, however, engage ‘history’ in the other senses that Niebuhr has identified. The book focuses on the multiple ways in which Niebuhr's Christian social companions have, over the centuries, interpreted the will, promise, and demands of ‘what they confront in the determination of their destiny, in the why and wherefore of their existence’.

Keywords: Christian ethics, God, Christian ethical history, faith

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