“The Law of Love in Politics (Criticism of Christian Liberalism)” by Reinhold Niebuhr

“The Christian who lives in and benefits from, a society in which coercive economic and political relationships are taken for granted, all of which are contrary to the love absolutism of the gospels, cannot arbitrarily introduce the uncompromising ethic of the gospel into one particular issue. When this is done we may be fairly certain that unconscious class prejudices partly prompt the supposedly Christian judgment.

It is significant, for instance, that the middle-class Church which disavows violence, even to the degree of frowning upon a strike, is usually composed of people who have enough economic and other forms of covert power to be able to dispense with the more overt forms of violence.”

-From: “The Law of Love in Politics (Criticism of Liberal Christianity)” in “An Interpretation of Christian Ethics” by Reinhold Niebuhr (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935), 186.


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