A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 239: Sunday God Quote – Niebuhr

Reinhold Niebuhr, 1956

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an American theologian, writer, professor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. He is perhaps most famous for composing what is known as “The Serenity Prayer”. I came across the passage below quoted in the book How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill and felt it would be an appropriate God quote for this Sunday.

Peace, everyone.

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;
therefore, we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint;
therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.

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