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
MankatoMN38
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