On this week's podcast, Drew Christiansen, S.J., offers an introduction to Reinhold Niebuhr, the mid-20th century theologian and public intellectual who has been invoked by David Brooks and others as a major influence on President Obama's foreign policy. Father Christiansen argues that the pundits generally focus on one or two books by Niebuhr and neglect to consider his entire corpus. A closer examination of Niebuhr reveals not only a foreign policy realist but also a skeptical critic of American exceptionalism.
Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P., who died in December, has been a major influence on Catholic theologians for the last 50 years. Among his students is Roger Haight, S.J., who here offers a video appreciation of the Belgian Dominican.