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The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness: A Vindication of…

by Reinhold Niebuhr

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Niebuhr's book is more critique than vindication, and what vindication there is is for the intellectual resources of the Christian heritage. He critiques "children of light" philosophers, social theorists, and political actors and ideologues for their sentimentality and naivety, which manifests as an over-optimistic faith in human rationality, morality, and progress. Marxists and liberals alike come in for censure for their "stupidity"--the latter for their misguided individualism and rationalism which blinds them to the dangers of nationalism and fascism, and the former for their failure to grasp how imbalances of power resulting from even the collective ownership of property present grave insuperable obstacles to their anarchic utopia.

The book is punctuated by interesting, if sometimes throw-away, observations and insights on the origins of fascism and the roots of unrest and dissatisfaction in modern society. ( )
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