Posted by: beattieblog | June 11, 2008

Because you know you love you some Reinhold Niebuhr

Here it is, your daily dose of Reinhold Niebuhr – this from his essay Idealism and Reaslism:

“The good news of the gospel is not the law that we ought to love one another. The good news of the gospel is that there is a resource of divine mercy which is able to overcome a contradiction within our own souls, which we cannot ourselves overcome. This contradiction is that, though we know we ought to love our neighbor as ourself, there is  a law in our members which wars against the law that is in our mind,’ so that, in fact, we love ourselves more than our neighbor.”

                                                            –p. 302 in War and Christian Ethics: Classic Readings on the Morality of War


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