The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

“Man’s inclination to justice makes democracy possible. Man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”
– Reinhold Niebuhr



Join us Sunday, September 24, October 1 and October 8 for:
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story with Dr. Asante Todd, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Austin Presbyterian Seminary

Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer” remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr’s impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders alike often turned to Niebuhr’s writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th century. In 1948, Time magazine selected Reinhold Niebuhr for its cover story for the 25th anniversary issue. Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice – an American conscience – and his legacy is ever more relevant today.

Come for one class or three as the 56-minute film will be broken up in to segments and we will be guided by Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Austin Seminary, Dr. Asante Todd, to discover the genius of Niebuhr’s story.

  • September 24:  His Story in Context (historical, intellectual, theological)
  • October 1:  A Private and Public Story (pastor, prophet, public policy)
  • October 8:  An Enduring Legacy (theory, thought and inspiration)

Learn more about the documentary here and get a “Behind the Scenes” with the filmmaker here.