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Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Survivalism and the Question of Secularization

March 7, 2013

315 Wheeler

David A. Hollinger

Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History

The sea of faith

was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore

lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.

But now I only hear

its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,

retreating, to the breath

of the night wind, down the vast edges drear

and naked shingles of the world.

-- Matthew Arnold