Gustav Niebuhr

Gustav Niebuhr is the author of "Lincoln’s Bishop: A President, a Priest and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors." The associate professor of newspaper and online journalism at Syracuse University, Niebuhr is based in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications but also teaches in the College of Arts and Science’s Religion Department. He is director of the university’s Religion & Society Program, and founding director of the Carnegie Religion and Media Program. In 2002-2003, he was scholar-in-residence at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion. Previously, he worked as a reporter at the New York Times and, earlier, at The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and was the 2010 winner of the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award for religious reporting. He is author of "Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America."

Stories by Gustav Niebuhr

Lessons from the Single Biggest Execution in American History

In the face of great anger and violence, Abraham Lincoln and an influential Episcopalian bishop sought reason and mercy.

“War on Christmas” enters final week

By Gustav Niebuhr Just how old is the idea that segments of corporate America are trying to erode the spiritual … Continued

John Lennon’s religious imagination

Dec. 8 may have marked the anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, but the recognition of his loss–as a singularly gifted … Continued

Elizabeth Edwards versus marriage pessimists

Truly sad news in Wednesday’s papers tells us that Elizabeth Edwards’s longtime foe, her cancer, finally overwhelmed that very strong … Continued

Charlie Rangel’s Deadly Sin

When the last Puritans unlocked a local miscreant from the town stocks for a final time, my guess is they … Continued

The pedophilia scandals: The punishing news never stops

By Gustav Niebuhr Other than the election of Pope Benedict XVI five years ago, news stories about the Roman Catholic … Continued

How will pagans vote… and will their ballots make a difference?

By Gustav Niebuhr The “Pagan vote” has been on my mind of late–and not only because the major religious groups … Continued

Ken Buck “disagrees” with separation of church and state

By Gustav Niebuhr I just watched the clip of Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck declaring himself four-square against the … Continued

When is yoga NOT yoga (and spiritually “safe” for Christians)?

By Gustav Niebuhr My good colleague at “Under God,” David Waters, wrote a nice piece a couple of weeks back, … Continued

Senator Harry Reid, “cultist?”

One of the terrible temptations that has long faced American clergy is the feeling that they must call out specific … Continued

President Bush meets Pastor Bonhoeffer (in 600 pages!)

By Gustav Niebuhr How many Americans, over their first cup of coffee of the day, ask themselves, “I wonder what … Continued

Obama the Christian: the “religious test” for high office

By Gustav Niebuhr Wasn’t it only a month ago that the Pew Research Center announced its finding that nearly one … Continued

DADT: the churches ahead of the politicians

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once famously wrote that American churches too often stood as society’s “tail light,” … Continued

Christine O’Donnell and the “Satanic Altar”

By Gustav Niebuhr I’ve been following elections since the 1960s, but this weekend marks the very first time I have … Continued

Memo to Pope Benedict: quit hostile Britain, try the U.S.

By Gustav Niebuhr Dear Pope Benedict: From what I’ve read, no one expects you to have a very pleasant time … Continued

Reading Lincoln at Ground Zero

By Gustav Niebuhr One of the astonishing aspects of the public fight over whether to allow private citizens to open … Continued

Book burning: a terrible freedom

By Gustav Niebuhr How many people remember the photographs of British men in Bradford, England, burning a copy of Salman … Continued

A church collapses: blame the economy

In upstate New York, a stately old church collapsed Sunday afternoon, a few days back. One minute, the big brick … Continued

God and guns in the Gulf

By Gustav Niebuhr Pity Louisiana. Yes, BP appears to have capped its awesomely abundant oil leak, but the Pelican State’s … Continued

Shirley Sherrod: Racial healing and God’s amazing grace

By: Gustav Niebuhr The story of how Shirley Sherrod briefly lost a job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and … Continued