Item description for Theology for the Social Gospel (Library of Theological Ethics) by Walter Rauschenbusch & Donald W. Jr. Shriver...
Overview "A Theology for the Social Gospel is Walter Rauschenbusch's most enduring work. As "the father of the Social Gospel" in the United States, he articulates the theological roots of the social activism that surged forth from mainline Protestant churches in the early part of this century. Skillfully examining the great theological issues of the Christian faith--sin, evil, salvation, the kingdom of God--Rauschenbusch offers a foundation upon which the church is to fully engage society.
"A Theology for the Social Gospel" is undoubtedly Walter Rauschenbusch's most enduring work. It is here that Rauschenbusch, the father of the social gospel in the United States, articulates the theological roots of social activism that surged forth from mainline Protestant churches in the early part of the twentieth century. Skillfully examining the great theological issues of the Christian faith--sin, evil, salvation, and the kingdom of God--Rauschenbauch offers a powerful justification for the church to fully engage society.
The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.
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Studio: Presbyterian Publishing Corpor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.74" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1997
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Library Of Theological Ethics
ISBN 0664257305 ISBN13 9780664257309
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More About Walter Rauschenbusch & Donald W. Jr. Shriver
Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) was the major exponent of the Social Gospel movement of the early twentieth century. A pastor to a Baptist congregation of impoverished German immigrants in New York City, he also taught at Rochester Theological Seminary (now Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School).
Christopher H. Evans is Professor of History of Christianity and Methodist Studies in the School of Theology, Boston University. He is the author and editor of several books, including, "The Faith of Fifty Million" (2002), "The Social Gospel Today "(2001), and "Histories of American Christianity" (2013). In 2005, "The Kingdom is Always but Coming" won the "Award of Merit" for outstanding title in history/biography in "Christianity Today" magazine.
Walter Rauschenbusch was born in 1861 and died in 1918.
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Awesome book Jun 8, 2006
This classic of Christian ethics is a must read for anybody who is even concerned with the history of Christian thought. Rauschenbusch writes about why Christianity must be focused on helping the other and not so much on correct doctrine and an assent to that doctrine.
Theology, Social good, but No God Apr 22, 2006
How does on conceive who God is? How does one perceive how God has worked in the past and the future? What agenda does one bring into interpreting the bible? What philosophy does the reader have about God and His creation? Dr. Rauschenbusch perspective about God, His creation, and the bible is at variance to mine. His respect for the bible as a historic document and God's inspired word is quite different from mine. His theology is based on a more open mind then mine. He states the bible is inspired then proceeds to redefine what it means to be God's inspired word. I believe God through His providence has given the Christian community of Saints an inerrant group of books compiled into one cannon commonly known as the bible. Rauschenbusch teaches that God wants to test every spirit for truth. He refers to Paul when he asks Christians to test every spirit for truth.
This book is written in fine eloquence. Yet his biblical interpretation is quite subjective, and convenient. This book first came to my attention while reading about the theology of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. the Book titled King Came Preaching stated Dr. Rauschenbusch had great influence on the formulation Dr. King's theology and sermon subject manner. Later I saw the book cited as a major influence on theological debate in these United States inside Ligonier's devotion Table Talk.
"The argument of this book is built on the conviction that the social gospel is a permanent addition to our spiritual outlook and that its arrival constitutes alarge development of the Christian religion."
Rauschenbusch writes about the evaluational nature of Christianity. He even is critical Martin Luther not being more open minded about what is truth. Anyway he argues the Social Gospel is a further point of evolution in Christian theology. Rauschenbusch argues that individual Christians organize and work together work together in a corporate manner to improve lives of all individuals by changing society. I believe Christianity should have a positive effect on society as a whole. Ialso believe Christians should organize themselves in an effort to improve society. Yet I believe this without denying that the Bible is God's written word, finale authority, and ultimate source of truth. Rauschenbusch felt compelled to argue for social justice and to change Christian theology that is at odds with scripture. Rauschenbuschuses uses rationale to openly dismiss what he does not deny the clear meaning of scripture. He does not make an argument on this or that doctrine impedes Christians from working for Social justice.
I read the bible and other Christian books to understand God and His creation. Some theological scholars are dismissive of the bible as God's recorded word. Rauschenbush believed a 'theologians' job was to question the bible not just interpret the bible. Yet he wanted to use the institution of the Christian Church to work for social change. I have come to the conclusion that he felt traditional Christian theology was at best a waste of time and at worst one of the social philosophies he felt needed to be destroyed to better man. He wanted to inspire people to work for a more fair humane society without a belief in the supernatural or man's damnation.
A Very Good Book May 13, 2005
This book is a very heavy theological book (in concept), while remaining a light read. Rauschenbusch does a masterful job of commencing a discussion of what it means to be an active Christian in the world we find ourselves. This means never turning a blind eye to the manifest social evils of our society.
Therefore, as Christian we must reconsider what it means to be Christian outside of Christendom, realizing that we are part of a broken world of hurt and anguish.
Chief among the social problems is poverty, and Rauschenbusch seeks to explicitly name this problem and then call and mobilize the church to be the chief combatants of this problem.
Rauschenbusch is particularly qualified to write this book because of his solid theological background/expertise (He became a thologican at Rochester Seminary) and saw the social evils he seeks to combat as pastor in Manhattan's "Hell's Kitchen" in the early 20th century.
Finally, it must be stated that this book is an important read for Christians for two reasons: (1) it is academic enough that it was assigned in a Master's Level course that I took and (2) the rhetoric is light enough that anyone that is prepared to love their neighbor in a profound and transforming way could be profoundly affected by the content in these pages.