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Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic That Woke Up the Church Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2008

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"Skillfully fashioned and perfectly timed, [Rauschenbusch’s] book was a supercharger for a movement . . . and set a new standard for political theology. Rightly viewed from the beginning as the greatest statement of the social gospel movement." -- Christian Century

In a 100th-anniversary edition, Paul Raushenbush, the author’s great-grandson, has reprinted the text with essays by Cornel West, the Rev. Jim Wallis and others to prove that one can be a dedicated Christian and a social reformer at the same time. -- The New York Times Book Review

Many of the societal concerns and questions of 1907, e.g., his alarm over iner-city poverty, societal injustice, crime, and ineffectual government, are just as relevant today. -- Library Journal

Rightly viewed from the beginning as the greatest statement of the social gospel movement . . . and set a new standard for political theology. -- Christian Century

In a 100th-anniversary edition, Paul Raushenbush, the author's great-grandson, has reprinted the text with essays by Cornel West, the Rev. Jim Wallis and others to prove that one can be a dedicated Christian and a social reformer at the same time. (The New York Times Book Review )

"Skillfully fashioned and perfectly timed, [Rauschenbusch's] book was a supercharger for a movement . . . and set a new standard for political theology. Rightly viewed from the beginning as the greatest statement of the social gospel movement." (Christian Century )

Rightly viewed from the beginning as the greatest statement of the social gospel movement . . . and set a new standard for political theology. (Christian Century )

"A book which left an indelible imprint on my thinking." (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. )

Many of the societal concerns and questions of 1907, e.g., his alarm over iner-city poverty, societal injustice, crime, and ineffectual government, are just as relevant today. (Library Journal )

Republication in this form is a forceful intervention in contemporary debates in American religion and politics. (Commonweal )

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In the wake of the success of God's Politics, comes an anniversary edition of Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianity and the Social Crisis, a book which outsold every other religious volume for three years and which has become a classic and mainstay for any Christian seriously interested in social justice. PBS has named Rauschenbusch one of the most influential American religious leaders in the last 100 years, and Christianity Today named this book one of the top books of the century that have shaped contemporary religious thought. So it seems fitting on the 100th anniversary of the publication of Christianity and the Social Crisis that Rauschenbush's great-grandson should bring this classic back into print, adding a response to each chapter by a well-known contemporary author such as Jim Wallis, Tony Camplo, Cornel West, Richard Rorty, Stanley Hauerwas, and others. Between 1886 and 1897, he was pastor of the Second German Baptist Church in the ?Hell's Kitchen? area of New York City, an area of extreme poverty. As he witnessed massive economic insecurity, he began to believe that Christianity must address the physical as well as the spiritual needs of humankind. Rauschenbusch saw it as his duty as a minister and student of Christ to act with love by trying to improve social conditions. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061497266
  • ASIN: B002KE47JO
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,580,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very important for a sense of Christian ethical thought in the United States in the early 20th century.
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A compelling view of Christian social thought prior to the Modernist Fundamentalist divide .
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It was a little too wordy for me. I enjoy reading writers
who speak plainly and from the heart. This writing had a specific agenda
and while supposedly a classic civil rights movement
book, it did not add significantly as the works of MLK.
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This was a good product sold to me that I gave as a christmas present. It was sold to me as described. Good Work.
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By Ralph E. Sowards on September 18, 2011
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great service and also a great book, a to be read for everyone who wishes to understand the earlier history of the church and the difference between then and now.
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