- down from 70%
Not bad compared to 3 percent.
But then, rwing theocrats have werked hard to accomplish those losses.
- Evangelist wholly support Trump.
The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be... at the least.
THIS is much of the point; the last few generations of Americans only know what they think they know about religion from what they have seen from the squeaky wheel rwing traditionalists and theocrats through their tv evangelists. These are the self=righteous hypocrites that Jesus castigated so thoroughly.
Prior generations were exposed to both Catholic social gospel, and more importantly in this country, the influence of socially conscious progressives like
"Niebuhr's contributions to political philosophy include utilizing the resources of theology to argue for political realism. His work has also significantly influenced international relations theory, leading many scholars to move away from idealism and embrace realism.
A large number of scholars, including political scientists, political historians, and theologians, have noted his influence on their thinking. Aside from academics, activists such as Myles Horton and Martin Luther King Jr., numerous politicians that include Hillary Clinton, Hubert Humphrey, Dean Acheson, James Comey, Madeleine Albright, and John McCain, as well as former US Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter; have also cited his influence on their thought.
Recent years have seen a renewed interest in Niebuhr's work, in part because of Obama's stated admiration for Niebuhr. In 2017, PBS released a documentary on Niebuhr, titled An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story".
"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."
"Forgiveness is the final form of love."
"Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."
"The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism. "
"Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure."
"Self-righteousness is the inevitable fruit of simple moral judgments."
"There is no deeper pathos in the spiritual life of man than the cruelty of righteous people. If any one idea dominates the teachings of Jesus, it is his opposition to the self-righteousness of the righteous."
"When economic power desires to be left alone it uses the philosophy of laissez faire to discourage political restraint upon economic freedom. When it wants to make use of the police power of the state to subdue rebellions and discontent in the ranks of its helots, it justifies the use of political coercion and the resulting suppression of liberties by insisting that peace is more precious than freedom and that its only desire is social peace."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
plural noun: helots
a member of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta, intermediate in status between slaves and citizens.
a serf or slave.