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Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Survivalism and the Question of Secularization
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