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CHRISTIANITY AND THE SOCIAL CRISIS by WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH Originally published in I92O. Contents include: INTRODUCTION xi CHAPTER I THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY THE HEBREW PROPHETS Historical importance of the prophets Their religion ethical and therefore social Their morality public and not pnvate. Their sympathy with the oppressed The effect of their social interest on their religious development Later religious indi vidualism a triumph of faith, but not pure gam The prophetic hope of social perfection The ' pessimism of the prophets. Summary I CHAPTER II THE SOCIAL AIMS OF JESUS The new social interpretation of the gospel Jesus not a social reformer, but a religious initiator Significance of his relations to John the Baptist. The kingdom of God his aim , its pre vious meaning , his changes in the ideal , the persistence of its social essence. The ethics of the new society. Christ's indifference to ritual and his insistence on social morality. His teachings on wealth His social affinities. His revolu tionary consciousness 44 CHAPTER III THE SOCIAL IMPETUS OF PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY The probability of a gap between Jesus and his followers The limitations of our information. The hope of the coming of vn Viii CONTENTS FAG* the Lord. The revolutionary character of the millennial hope. The political consciousness of Christians. The society-mak ing force of primitive Christianity. The so-called communism at Jerusalem. The primitive churches as fraternal communi ties. The leaven of Christian democracy. The outcome of the discussion 93 CHAPTER IV WHY HAS CHRISTIANITY NEVER UNDERTAKEN THE WORK OF SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION? The problem stated. Impossibility of any social propaganda in the first centuries. Postponement to the Lord's coming. Hostility to the Empire and its civilization. The limitations of primitive Christianity and their perpetuation. The other worldlmess of Christianity. The ascetic tendency. Monas ticism. Sacramentahsm. The dogmatic interest. The churchliness of Christianity. Subservience to the State. The disappearance of church democracy. The lack of sci entific comprehension of social development. Results of the discussion. The passing of these causes in modern life. Conclusion 143 CHAPTER V THE PRESENT CRISIS A prelude. The industrial revolution. The land and the people. Work and wages. The morale of the workers. The physi cal decline of the people. The wedge of inequality. The crumbling of political democracy. The tainting of the moral atmosphere. The undermining of the family. The fell or the rise of Christian civilization 211 CHAPTER VI THE STAKE OF THE CHURCH IN THE SOCIAL MOVEMENT The purpose of this chapter. The Church and its real estate. The Church and its income. The volunteer workers of the CONTENTS Church. The supply and spirit of the ministry. The Church and poverty. The Church and its human material. The hostile ethics of commercialism. Christian civilization and foreign missions. The Church and the working class. The forward call to the Church 387 CHAPTER VII WHAT TO Do No thoroughfare. 11 Social repentance and faith. Social evan gelization. The pulpit and the social question. The Chris tian conception of life and property. The creation of customs and institutions. Stewardship and ownership. Solidarity and communism. The upward movement of the working class. Summary of the argument. The new aposto late , 343.

A primary architect of the Social Gospel, a movement that responded to the changing social and industrial conditions in the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, presents his prophetic interpretation of Jesus and the kingdom, understanding of troubling conditions that call the church to faithful witness, and to work toward meaningful political and economic reforms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253219
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Library of Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 1.04 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) was a Christian theologian and Baptist minister, and a key figure in the Social Gospel movement in the United States.

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Table of Contents

General Editors' Introduction
Author's Introduction
Ch. I The Historical Roots of Christianty: The Hebrew Prophets 1
Ch. II The Social Aims of Jesus 44
Ch. III The Social Impetus of Primitive Christianity 93
Ch. IV Why Has Christianity Never Undertaken the Work of Social Reconstruction? 143
Ch. V The Present Crisis 211
Ch. VI The Stake of the Church in the Social Movement 287
Ch. VII What to Do 343
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