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The Walter Rauschenbusch Collection (9 vols.)
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Overview

Walter Rauschenbusch was an influential figure in the Social Gospel movement, arguing that the chief aim of the church should be to transform society. This collection includes his most important works, Christianity and the Social Crisis, Christianizing the Social Order, and A Theology for the Social Gospel, in which Rauschenbusch critiques current social conditions, sets out the church’s role, and gives a theological foundation for the Social Gospel.

The collection also includes For God and the People, a collection of prayers on social themes, and The Social Principles of Jesus, a study of key biblical passages with discussion questions, as well as other writings reflecting Rauschenbusch’s passion for social change.

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Key Features

  • Foundational writings from an influential figure in the Social Gospel movement
  • Analysis of key biblical passages on the church’s responsibility to society
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Individual Titles

A Theology for the Social Gospel

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 279

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In A Theology for the Social Gospel, Walter Rauschenbusch sets out a theological basis for the Social Gospel movement. He explores how key Christian doctrines apply in the Social Gospel, including sin and redemption, the atonement, the Holy Spirit, eschatology, and the Kingdom of God. Rauschenbusch argues that all society must be brought “under the law of Christ” and that the church should be a significant social factor.

The author has known how to envisage the profounder meanings of theology as the guiding truths that can alone deliver men from the power of the kingdom of evil by making them the co-founders of the Kingdom of God.

The Sewanee Review

The Social Principles of Jesus

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: National Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 198

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This volume, written for college study groups, gives an accessible introduction to Jesus’ social teaching and the principles that churches should follow. In each chapter, Rauschenbusch explores key passages, provides thoughtful study questions, and draws conclusions. After showing how Jesus’ teaching applies to our views of humanity, the family, leadership, private property, and more, he challenges readers to social action.

This is an important book, both from the social and the Christian points of view. The author sets himself the task to show how Christian principles may be introduced into our present-day world

The Homiletic Review

Christianity and the Social Crisis

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 429

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In this foundational work, Rauschenbusch explores how Christianity can meet the needs of his time. He opens with a history examining how the Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and the early church responded to social needs, before discussing how the church has failed to continue this focus. He describes current social issues and the church’s interest in responding to them. Finally, he considers what contributions the church should make and distinguishes between correct and incorrect methods for social change.

It is enough to feel that the book was bravely written to free an honest man’s heart; that conscientious scholarship, hard thinking, and the determination to tell the truth as he sees it, have wrought it out and enriched it; that it is written in a clear, incisive style, and that there is a noble end in view. . . . It is a book to like, to learn from, and though the theme be sad and serious, to be charmed with.

—Joseph O’Connor, The New York Times Review

Christianizing the Social Order

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 493

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Continuing the discussion began in Christianity and the Social Crisis, Rauschenbusch describes the social awakening in the church. Re-emphasizing that social change should be the aim of the church, he provides an analysis of society and major issues. Finally, he discussions the necessary direction of moral evolution and suggests methods for the church to meet social challenges.

Prof. Walter Rauschenbusch”s new book, Christianizing the Social Order, is an impressive sequel to his suggestive and stimulating volume, Christianity and the Social Crisis, which marked him as one of the leaders in the comparatively new movement in behalf of a bold stand by the churches for radical social reform. His volume is one of the important sociological books of the year.

Springfield Republican

For God and the People: Prayers of the Social Awakening

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 127

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In this volume, Rauschenbusch provides a collection of prayers that give expression to the spiritual focus of the Social Gospel. He begins with an analysis of the Lord’s Prayer that shows how it speaks to social concerns. He then offers daily prayers, prayers of thanksgiving, prayers for special social groups, prayers against evil, and prayers for the progress of humanity.

We believe that there will be a wide and warm welcome for Professor Walter Rauschenbusch's collection of devotions . . . There can be no doubt as to the depth of conviction or the passion of consecration whence his expression springs.

The Hartford Seminary Record

Dare We Be Christians

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 59

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This short book, inspired by 1 Corinthians 13, applies Christian ideas of love to social relations, arguing that only an increase in love can lead to social progress. Rauschenbusch examines where love breaks down in modern society, and finally shows out how ideas of love and freedom point to the Kingdom of God.

The exquisitely printed little book is indeed a fount of wisdom, and I hope that many people may refresh and fortify their spirits at its source. . . . In these dark days such a book shines like a ray of heavenly light, and bears witness to the unclouded glory of the Sun of Love beyond our earthly storms.

—Prof. Vida B. Scudder

“Unto Me”

  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 31

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Based on Jesus’ statement that what is done for others was done “unto me,” this book explores the Christian nature of social work. Love for God, says Rauschenbusch, also demands love for men and social work is “both the product and the cause of genuine religion.” Ultimately, following Christ’s example demands love for others and willingness to share in suffering.

Freedom and the Churches

  • Editor: Charles W. Wendte
  • Publisher: American Unitarian Association
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 114

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In this collection of papers on churches’ contributions to liberty, Rauschenbusch presents the Baptist contribution, emphasizing their focus on both religious and civil liberty. He points out their reaction to previous coercion led to extreme individualism, which he argues should be modified so Baptist churches can meet modern social needs. This collection also includes writings from other authors on Methodist, Reformed, Jewish, and other contributors to freedom.

The addresses delivered at the liberal religious congress in Rochester in 1913 on the theme indicated by the title of this book, deserved this permanent form.

The Unitarian Register

The Path of Labor: Christianity and the World’s Workers

  • Editors: Publication Committee for the Council of Women for Home Missions
  • Publisher: Council of Women for Home Missions
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 192

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This volume examines the relationship between Christianity and labor. After chapters from other contributors on specific aspects of labor in the early twentieth century, Rauschenbusch’s closing chapter addresses the importance of social change being based on Christianity. He covers the history of labor and the specific challenges of modern conditions, describing both the church’s efforts to reach working people and needs for additional service.

Product Details

  • Title: The Walter Rauschenbusch Collection (9 vols.)
  • Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 1,922

About Walter Rauschenbusch

Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918) was a Baptist pastor and important figure in the Social Gospel movement. He co-founded The Brotherhood of the Kingdom, a group of thinkers advocating social change. His writings influenced Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, and multiple social justice ministries.