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The Origins of Walter Rauschenbusch's Social Ethics

Smucker, Donovan E.

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ISBN 10: 0773511636 / ISBN 13: 9780773511637
Published by McGill Queens Univ Pr, 1994
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Title: The Origins of Walter Rauschenbusch's Social...

Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

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In Rauschenbusch's work pietism, a religion of the heart, was purged of subjectivism while retaining inter-personal compassion; Anabaptist sectarianism provided a Kingdom of God love-ethic without passivity toward the culture; liberalism imparted an openness to the whole community and a powerful, realistic analytic; and the transformationist Christian socialists supplied a case for state intervention while rejecting public ownership as a first principle. Smucker reveals that while the roots of Rauschenbusch's new paradigm lay to some extent in his personal experiences his parents' rejection of the Lutheran perspective for that of the Baptists, his father's pietism, and his eleven-year pastorate in New York's Hell's Kitchen it was his exposure to the new politics of Henry George and Edward Bellamy, to the Christian socialism of England and Switzerland, and, aided by his knowledge of German and his experiences in Europe, to a wide range of scholarship sensitive to the main social currents of the day that deeply informed his ethic. Smucker also shows how Rauschenbusch drew upon the work of Christian ethicists, historians, and sociologists to support his new pluralistic synthesis.


"Smucker provides a much more complete explanation than has heretofore existed of the particular orientations of Rauschenbusch's theology and social convictions ... makes an original contribution, in the sense of 'setting the record straight.'" David Millett, Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa. "A major contribution to Rauschenbusch scholarship and to our understanding of the liberal Protestant social gospel. It is a timely contribution to continuing efforts to relate the liberation theologies rooted in Latin American, African, Asian, and feminist experiences to North American and European contexts." R. Hutchinson, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.

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