July 28th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

New book explains Barack Obama's favorite theologian

When I first started reading about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I kept coming across one name: Reinhold Niebuhr.

Niebuhr was a Protestant pastor and theologian who lived during the mid-20th century. He’s best known for writing the Serenity Prayer ("God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can..."). But he also exerted a profound influence on King.

It turns out that Niebuhr is also one of President Obama’s favorite theologians, as I detailed in an article earlier this year.


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Barack Obama • Books • Christianity • Culture wars • Jesus • Politics • Uncategorized

July 28th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu talks retirement

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A week after announcing plans to retire from public life, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu–who chaired his country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the fall of apartheid–talks exclusively to CNN International's Connect the World.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Leaders • Race • South Africa

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