Human Nature, Interest, and Power
A Critique of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Social Thought
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Tex Sample has written a shrewd and penetrating critique of Reinhold Niebuhr. With reference to recent critical theory, he goes beneath the generalizing abstractions to contextual work; he traces the way in which our attentiveness to contextual differences has advanced since Niebuhr. Future work on Niebuhr will want to take Sample's study into close consideration."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Sample deftly moves between theory and practice to produce a lively interpretation of Reinhold Niebuhr focused on his social thought. Using the themes of human nature, interest, and power he guides the reader into Niebuhr's world to ask how he is or is not relevant for the thorny realities of our contemporary world. Grounded by his lifelong pursuit of social justice, this is Tex Sample at his best--probing, candid, rigorous, and relevant."
--Emilie M. Townes, Yale Divinity School
"Tex Sample stands among a small number of theologians who understand theory must be informed by practice and experience. His critical challenges to Niebuhr's concepts of power and self-interest reflect both his serious engagement as a scholar of Niebuhr and his on-the-ground experience as a leader with the Industrial Areas Foundation organizations in Arizona."
--Ernesto Cortes, Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation