Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century
The Classic That Woke Up the Church
By Walter Rauschenbusch
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780061497261, 400pp.)
Publication Date: July 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
The 100th Anniversary Edition of the Classic That Changed the American Church Forever
Published at the beginning of the twentieth century, Christianity and the Social Crisis is the epoch-making book that dramatically expanded the churchs vision of how it could transform the world. The 100th anniversary edition updates this classic with new essays by leading preachers and theologians.
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."
“A book which left an indelible imprint on my thinking.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Republication in this form is a forceful intervention in contemporary debates in American religion and politics.
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.
“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.”
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
Rightly viewed from the beginning as the greatest statement of the social gospel movement . . . and set a new standard for political theology.