Brooks, Dionne, and Tippett Discuss the Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr and the Future of Christian Realism
David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, Jr. discussed the lasting impact of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism on American political and theological ideas with public radio host Krista Tippett. They addressed how Christian Realism presents an enduring option for many aspects of our political life, from foreign policy and the war on terror to issues about religion's role in politics. As Barack Obama took office, there was opportunity to reflect both upon the past presidential election and the future problems and dilemmas that the next administration would face. Obama has cited Niebuhr's teachings as significant in shaping his own ideas about politics and governance. The session was incorporated into American Public Media's Speaking of Faith series, which Tippett hosts.
E.J. Dionne is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a leading scholar and commentator on religion in US politics. A senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dionne also writes a column for the Washington Post that is syndicated in over 200 outlets nationally and abroad. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012). Dionne's book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is also author of They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008).