Reinhold Niebuhr (essay date 1943)
SOURCE: "Jacob Burckhardt: Force and Freedom: Reflections on History," in A Reinhold Niebuhr Reader: Selected Essays, Articles, and Book Reviews, edited by Charles C. Brown, Trinity Press International, 1992, pp. 138-40.
[Niebuhr, considered one of the most important and influential Protestant theologians in twentieth-century America, is the author of The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944) and Christian Realism and Political Problems (1953). In the following excerpt from a review originally published in the Nation in 1943, Niebuhr summarizes Burckhardt's philosophy as an historian and its significance to the modern world.]
(The entire section is 675 words.)