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The Nature and Destiny of Man: Human Destiny

1938 to 1940
University of Edinburgh

In volume two, Human Destiny, Niebuhr argues human destiny is not found in efforts to escape nature and history or to find a premature fulfillment within history, but in acceptance of historical striving, meaningful because of God's suffering involvement in history. This volume begins with a discussion of the differences in understanding depending upon whether a Christ is expected or not. The second chapter examines Jesus and the Christian faith as disclosure and fulfillment of the meaning of life and history. Chapter 3 deals with the possi ilities and limits of history. In the fourth chapter Niebuhr looks at wisdom, grace and power. Chapter 5 looks at the conflict between grace and pride. Chapter 6 "The Debate on Human Destiny in Modern Culture: The Renaissance" and Chapter 7 "The Debate on Human Destiny in Modern Culture: The Reformation" lead to Chapter 8 "Having, and Not Having, the Truth" . The relation of justice to love is explored in Chapter 9 "The Kingdom of God and the Struggle for Justice". The book concludes with Chapter 10 "The End of History".