Niebuhr and Quakers
Reinhold Niebuhr was not a pacifist. ;Niebuhr was interested in exercising political power and dominance, whereas a Quaker leader needs to refrain from exercising such power. Christianity has been political since at least the 4th century, with the conversion of Constantine and the suppression of the texts known as the Gnostic Gospels. That is to say, a concern for power and dominance has been present, often primary, and has led Christian churches to work hand in glove with civil authorities. Niebuhr stands in this tradition, as does the “Just War” doctrine. Quakers stand outside it.
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