Walter Rauschenbusch (October 4, 1861 - July 25, 1918) was a Christian theologian and Baptist pastor. He was a key figure in the Social Gospel movement which flourished in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was also the maternal grandfather of the influential philosopher Richard Rorty.
The Social Principles of Jesusby Walter Rauschenbusch
First published in 1916, two years before his death, The Social Principles of Jesus became Rauschenbusch's most widely distributed book. Written as a study guide at a time when the great Christian and social optimism of the early 20th Century was sorely challenged by the devastation of the Great War being waged around the globe. Relevant then, and now, this work teaches that the Christian response to the city should be realizing the Kingdom of God in society by working toward greater compassion, justice, and redemptive love through living a life like Christ.
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