Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic That Woke Up the Church

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Zondervan, Aug 7, 2007 - Religion - 376 pages

First published in 1907, Christianity and the Social Crisis outsold every other religious volume for three years and then became a mainstay for Christians and other religious people seriously interested in social justice, inspiring leaders such as Reinhold and Richard Niebuhr, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century brings this classic to a new generation with the addition of new essays by leading religious thinkers who have continued the legacy of Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel Movement:

  • Phyllis Trible responding to "The Historical Roots of Christianity"
  • Tony Campolo responding to "The Social Aims of Jesus"
  • Joan Chittister responding to "The Social Impetus of Primitive Christianity"
  • Stanley Hauerwas responding to "Why Has Christianity Never Undertaken the Work of Social Reconstruction?"
  • Cornel West responding to "The Present Crisis"
  • James A. Forbes Jr. responding to "The Stake of the Church in the Social Movement"
  • Jim Wallis responding to "What to Do"
 

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Contents

rality The champions of the poor The effect of the social interest
33
two The Social Aims ofJesus
39
by Tony Campolo
75
three The Social Impetus of Primitive Christianity
81
by Joan Chittister
117
four Why Has Christianity Never Undertaken
123
Impossibility of any social propaganda in the first centuries Post
133
perpetuation The otherworldliness of Christianity The ascetic
165
Repent The Kingdom Is Here
173
wages The morale of the workers The physical decline of
231
Sounding the Trumpet Today Changing Lives
275
seven What to Do
281
Buds That Never Opened
347
Contributors
357
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Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) was the leading proponent of the Social Gospel Movement whose mission was to reform society to meet the social needs of the poor through the ministrations of the institutional church. PBS recently called him "one of the most influential American religious leaders of the last 100 years."

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