Theology For The Social Gospel / Edition 1by Walter Rauschenbusch
Pub. Date: 06/01/1997
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
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/i>… See more details below
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.
Table of Contents
|General Editors' Introduction|
|I||The Challenge of the Social Gospel to Theology||1|
|II||The Difficulties of Theological Readjustment||10|
|III||Neither Alien nor Novel||23|
|IV||The Consciousness of Sin||31|
|V||The Fall of Man||38|
|VI||The Nature of Sin||45|
|VII||The Transmission of Sin||57|
|VIII||The Super-Personal Forces of Evil||69|
|IX||The Kingdom of Evil||77|
|X||The Social Gospel and Personal Salvation||95|
|XI||The Salvation of the Super-Personal Forces||110|
|XII||The Church as the Social Factor of Salvation||118|
|XIII||The Kingdom of God||131|
|XIV||The Initiator of the Kingdom of God||146|
|XV||The Social Gospel and the Conception of God||167|
|XVI||The Holy Spirit, Revelation, Inspiration, and Prophecy||188|
|XVII||Baptism and the Lord's Supper||197|
|XIX||The Social Gospel and the Atonement||240|
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Solid teaching on what the Kingdom teaching of Jesus should mean for us in the real world.
I find this book, written in 1917, to be stuningly precient for the challenges the Church and our culture is facing today.
An excellent summation of Rauschenbusch's theology and ethics, written just as the US entered WWI. This book should be required reading for students of 20th century Christian social ethics. Rauschenbusch combines faith in the ultimate triumph of the Kingdom of God with realism about the nature of sin in society. Some will not like the way he lets his ethics wag the dog of his theology at times.
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