The Religion News Service (via the Christian Century) has a report on the recent conference at Princeton University on Niebuhr's legacy for today. Here's an excerpt from the report:
It's impossible to know what Niebuhr -- arguably the preeminent public intellectual and U.S. theologian from the 1940s to 1960s -- would have said about the practice of torture by the U.S. in post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan.
But such questions are hardly a surprise at a time when everyone from President Obama to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to New York Times columnist David Brooks see themselves as Niebuhr's acolytes.
Nor are they a surprise when academics come together, as they did recently at Princeton University, and debate the long-term legacy of a figure claimed by both the political left and right, by religious and non-religious alike.
A man who died in 1971 but has been heralded in recent years as "the man of the hour" deserves his praise, speakers agreed, but also has his limits.