Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;
therefore, we must be saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint;
therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.
the irony of american history - reinhold niebuhr – 1952
We are now a global community. It seems that we still believe that we are tribal or regional. In 2015, we still here of generations old hate against others; we hear of ethnic cleansing; we hear of religious wars. Really? Now? Doesn’t it seem that we are slow to get the message?