Man (Why He Is Sinful)



Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr’s “The Nature and Destiny of Man.”

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Man (Why He Is Sinful)
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Man (why he is sinful) "The inclination of modern men to find the source of evil in his life is some particular event in history or some specific historical corruption is natural consequence of his view of himself in a simple one-dimensional history. But this modern error merely accentuates a perennial tendency of the human heart to attribute wrong-doing to temptation and there to escape responsibility [Page 2] for it. Every man has at some time or other repeated the excuse of the first man: "The women whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat." The important point in all these explanations is that they fail to explain why the particular sources of evil in history, bad priest, evil rulers, and ruling classes, should have had the power and the inclination to introduce evil into history." Niebuhr, NDM, I, 97.
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