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A Theology for the Social Gospel (Library of Theological Ethics) Paperback – August 1, 1997
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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.
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.Read more ›
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It helps to have some background in the historical time this book was written. But it is not dated, and the insights are still relevant.Published 2 months ago by Darling Clementine
This work is a good explanation of what some call the"Social Gospel," but it is virtually unreadable because of the formatting... 2 stars, maybe...Published on March 27, 2014 by King S. Robinson
A Theology for the Social Gospel gives the reader a very well written and in depth view of the workings of early twentieth century liberalism operating under the guise of orthodox... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Stan Huie