Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes first volume of The Nature and Destiny of Man

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes first volume of The Nature and Destiny of Man

Corrected Proofs of The Nature and Destiny of Man

The Nature and Destiny of Man
A Christian Interpretation

I
HUMAN NATURE
by
Reinhold Niebuhr

Gifford Lectures

New York
Charles Scribner's Sons
1941

PROOF COPY (first paragraph): Man has always been a problem to himself. The problem of himself is man's most vexing perplexity because every seeming certainty about himself involves contradictions; and every affirmation which man makes about his stature, nature or virtue seems to imply a denial of what is affirmed, if the pressuppositions of the affirmation are fully analysed.

REVISED COPY (first paragraph): Man has always been his most vexing problem. How shall he think of himself? Every affirmation which he may make about his stature, virtue, or place in the cosmos becomes involved in contradition when fully analysed. The analysis reveals some presupposition or implication which seems to deny what the proposition intended to affirm.

Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room


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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

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is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.

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