Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How influential were Charles Dodd and Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1940s?

This morning, our lecturer Daniel Koh told us about a circulating creed in the 1940s around these two influential theologians. And I found the link to it (from; originally published in the magazine dated 23 August 1943):
"Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, who last Thursday received the degree of D.D. from Oxford University, is recognized as an outstanding religious teacher.

So great, indeed, is the influence which, along with Professor C. H. Dodd of Cambridge, he exercises over the younger generation of theologians, that a current Oxford witticism enjoins:

'Thou shalt love the Lord thy Dodd with all thy heart, and thy Niebuhr as thyself.'"


Martin Yee said...

Haha...this real funny :)

Btw what was Niebuhr actually famous for? Culture and the Church thing?

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Martin,

This (Reinhold) Niebuhr is the elder brother of the (Richard) Niebuhr who wrote the famous 'Christ and Culture'.

The former is famous for crafting a theological approach known as 'Christian realism' that engage national/public affair, especially the idea of 'just war' for the WWII.

Martin Yee said...

Hi Sze Zeng,

Thanks. Sounds interesting. Will try to read up on Reinhold Niebuhr's work and compare with our Luther's Two Kingdom concept.

Sze Zeng said...

I think you'll find plenty of similarities between them :)

SHWong said...


Sze Zeng said...

Hi SHWong,

Ya! Daniel's lectures are filled with humor.