The Niebuhr connection

His history with our magazine
Reinhold Niebuhr, the theologian whose work Andrew Finstuen invokes in this issue, had an interesting relationship with the Christian Century. He started writing for the magazine in 1922 while he was a pastor in Detroit. Charles Clayton Morrison, editor of the magazine from 1908 until 1947, was so impressed with Niebuhr that he brought him to Chicago for a three-day visit in 1925 and invited him to join the staff as an associate editor. Niebuhr declined. But he contributed to the Century frequently, writing from Detroit and then from New York after he joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary.


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