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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: WordStream Publishing; Special edition edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935758047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935758044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Rauschenbusch was a Christian theologian and Baptist minister in the early 1900's. While a pastor at New York City's Second Baptist Church in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Rauschenbusch became a key figure in the Social Gospel movement, which emphasizes that social concern, compassion, and justice work should be an integral part in the life of the Church and the Christian individual. Today, his theology and work is still alive in many Christian-based social ministries, such as Rauschenbusch Metro Ministires in New York, founded in 1995 and named after the influential theologian.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nathan W. Attwood on March 24, 2012
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Every seminarian has encountered the ideas of Walter Rauschenbusch and has some idea of his impact and role in American religion. I certainly did. My view was shaped by seminary professors who had positive views of liberation theology and saw him as a predecessor. It was also shaped by the Niebuhrs and their views on the failure of Social Gospel Christianity. What I had never done, until I found this free download after I got my Kindle for Christmas, was actually read any of Rauschenbusch's books. "The Social Principals of Jesus" offered lots of surprises, all of them refreshing and good.

My sense of the Social Gospel was that it equated the coming of the Kingdom of God with the redemption of the social order. I have often thought that Rauschenbusch was as impractical as an ivory tower academic, and that he, like many of them, limited the Gospel to a good hearted Jesus-inspired pseudo-socialism. I was wrong on both counts.

At least in this book, Rauschenbush grounds everythings he says in the words of Jesus. He affirms the individual implications of the Gospel in every way. But he demonstrates that Jesus clearly understood his teachings to have an effect on the way the world worked. Rauschenbusch does not, for example, draw a distinction between individual salvation and corporate salvation, as both left and right tend to. He affirms conversion in the strongest terms. But he beliefs that those who are redeemed are called to make a more just, loving, and compassionate world, and that such a world must be based not on charity but organized so that everyone has a fair shot. He doesn't make a differentiation between personal and social morality, either. For example, he advocates abstinence from alcohol and strict sexual morality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard McNeill on October 8, 2012
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Book is fundamental basis for the reader to consider the social side of Jesus. It is a very preliminary intro to the topic of Red Letter Christianity (Tony Campolo) The book does generate some interesting questions for the reader to think about. Personally the old style King James is not my fav, but otherwise it is a good beginners read for those interested in considering Jesus social inferences to Christianity. I'd def recommend those interested in this subject to follow up with purchasing Red Letter Christianity
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Foret on July 4, 2013
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At the end of the Nineteenth Century, Christians looked upon industrialization and laissez-faire capitalism and came up with very different ways of looking at it. Some thought that it was very good. But others looked upon the system and decided there were some major problems with it. This disparate group of Christians came to formulate what is generally known as the Social Gospel. The <Social Principles of Jesus> is an important text by one of the Social Gospel's chief theologians and originators.

Walter Rauchenbusch, born in Rochester, New York in 1861 was a second-generation Baptist minister and later theology professor who saw the evils of industrialization and urbanization first hand in New York City's notorious Hell's Kitchen district. Rauschenbusch, like his conservative counterparts, saw sin all around him, but he saw it differently. He saw not only personal sins like drunkenness, lust, and avarice and violence, but also other kinds of sins that were not so much personal as societal, what today we refer to as structural sins. During the last two decades of his life, when he published his major works on the Social Gospel, the victories that he and so many others sought were still mostly in the future for millions in the industrialized world: an eight hour work day, the right to organize in unions, an end to child labor, workman's compensation, and living wages, to name but a few. Rauschenbusch's writing, speaking, and teaching are recognized by many to have played a significant part in establishing the theological, intellectual and moral arguments that galvanized the movements that made those achievements possible.
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A through examination of many things noted as comments by Jesus. Most all related to raising the living standard of the poor as requested in The Lord's Prayer in these words' "thy kingdom come to earth as it is In heaven." This achievement of equality will bring a slow transition to earth of God's desire to have all people strive to establish a community of friendly relations with universality of caring, sharing and peacefulness. Rauschenbusch tells us we are to recognize our commonness as family purposefully to love all others seen as one of God,'s children. His message is: "We are to sincerely be our brother's keeper." My favorite is, "First love and then do what ever you want."
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A very relevant book for the modern age. In many ways Jesus was a radical and had great love and empathy for the poor. The Social Principles of Jesus is definitely a book I would recommend.
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Early attempt to explain Jesus in a sense of social justice and humanistic ideas. It is interesting to view that this trend was beginning long before it became popular in the 60s and beyond. Worth the read but using the King James is not my cup of tea.
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