Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Round of 16: Jüngel vs. Niebuhr

In spite of a lot of bad press in the early stages of the tournament, Reinhold Niebuhr managed to proceed to the Round of 16. But now he has to face the popular Eberhard Jüngel. Does he have an internet fan-club somewhere who will come in and save his day?

Eberhard Jüngel (b. 1934) is probably best know for his early works God's Being is in Becoming(1965) and God as the Mystery of the World(1975). He has in his theology combined influences as diverse as Barth, Bultmann and Heidegger.

Undoubtedly one of the most influential American theologians of the 20th century, Niebuhr (1892-1971) worked on the relationship between theology and the society. His is famous for his critique fo the so called "social gospel". He is the author of what probably is the most widely used written prayer authored in modern times, the so called "serenity prayer" that is used by the Alcoholics Anonymous and similar groups.

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