Reformed Theology

Five Impressions on Niebuhr and Co., 1945–47

From 1945 to 1947 as the United States and Soviet Union moved toward the Cold War, Christian realists writing for Reinhold Niebuhr’s journal, Christianity and Crisis, responded to global dilemmas. Here are five impressions of those articles, along with lessons for today.

Ruins of Old Fort Randall Church on the right bank of the Missouri River in Pickstown, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, on July 9, 1947. By Roy Oglesby for Historic American Buildings Survey, via Wikimedia Commons.
Man’s Chief End and the Meaning of Life

Man is troubled—more troubled than at any previous time in the brief sojourn of his kind on this planet. Wars, revolutions and social convulsions all indicate the depth of his disquiet. He is troubled because he does not know, and he wants to know, the meaning of his own life.

Pelagianism in Nelson’s The Theology of Liberalism
Pelagianism in Nelson’s The Theology of Liberalism

Yet what does Nelson mean by Pelagianism? A close reading of the book’s early pages shows that he offers three distinct formulations of the concept. Should we accept them? I argue that we should not.

Archbishop Tutu and an Often-Forgotten Hero - Beyers Naudé
Archbishop Tutu and an Often-Forgotten Hero

As we remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we should, amongst many others, also remember the great Reverend Beyers Naudé.

Why the Fruit of the Tree Is Rotten
Why the Fruit of the Tree Is Rotten

The Tree of Liberty, like every other tree, is judged by its fruits. The fruits of the tree are the citizens of the Republic, and the moral health of the Republic is known by the character of its citizens.

Report from the Liberated Netherlands, 1946
Report from the Liberated Netherlands, 1946

“Letter from Holland,” by L.H. RuitenbergAugust 5, 1946 While North Americans, on being informed of the church situation in Holland,…

The Political Idols of Our Age: A Review of David Koyzis’ Political Visions and Illusions
The Political Idols of Our Age: A Review of David Koyzis’ Political Visions and Illusions

Hopefully, with the latest edition of “Political Visions and Illusions,” David Koyzis’ work will no longer be hidden underneath a bushel, but instead, its brilliance will reach a wider audience.

Waiting for a Better Reformed Defense of Liberalism: A Review of Drunen’s Politics after Christendom
Waiting for a Better Reformed Defense of Liberalism: A Review of Van Drunen’s Politics after Christendom

Van Drunen’s Politics after Christendom doesn’t convincingly defend liberalism from a biblical perspective. Readers wanting a compelling Reformed defense of ordered liberty will have to keep waiting.

George Floyd and the Test for White Evangelicals
George Floyd and the Test for White Evangelicals

“After our arrival we went up to the town of Savannah; and the same evening I went to a friend’s…