About Reinhold Niebuhr

Reinhold Niebuhr was a leading American theologian whose profound influence on the political and theological discourse of the 20th century continues to be felt today.

Reinhold Niebuhr 1910 was ordained a minister in the German Evangelical Synod of North America, a forerunner of the United Church of Christ, and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Reinhold’s writings and dynamic lectures made him a national figure from the 1930s to the 1970s. His work deeply influenced leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

[Reinhold was] the supreme American theologian of the 20th century.

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

Niebuhr was the author of a number of articles and books, including:

  • The Nature and Destiny of Man
  • Moral Man and Immoral Society
  • The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness

In 1943, he wrote a small prayer for a church service in Massachusetts that has become known around the world as the Serenity Prayer.

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