HDS 2318

The Niebuhr Brothers and Their World

K. Healan Gaston


This course will explore the lives and works of the Protestant theologians and ethicists Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) and H. Richard Niebuhr (1894-1962). Throughout their long careers, the Niebuhr brothers carried on a remarkable intellectual dialogue in both their private correspondence and their unpublished and published writings. As we survey the similarities and differences between the brothers and their intellectual projects, we will also consider various interlocutors who influenced their thought, including Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch, William James, Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, Emil Brunner, John Dewey, Horace Kallen, and Will Herberg.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Thurs 4pm-6pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None