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.