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Sunday (Oct. 4) is the birthday of renowned Theologian Walter Rauschenbusch…

Rauschenbusch’s view of Christianity was that its purpose was to spread a Kingdom of God, not through a fire and brimstone style of preaching but by leading a Christlike life. Rauschenbusch did not view Jesus’ death as an act of substitutionary atonement but in his words, he died “to substitute love for selfishness as the basis of human society.” He wrote that “Christianity is in its nature revolutionary” and tried to remind society of that. He explained that the Kingdom of God “is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven.” (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 7 of his books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

1) A Theology for the Social Gospel

 

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Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Walter Rauschenbusch

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Rauschenbusch’s A Theology for the Social Gospel ]

 

Walter RauschenbuschO God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
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Walter Rauschenbusch image via WikiMedia Commons…

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Walter RauschenbuschAlthough Walter Rauschenbusch’s prominence as a leader of the Social Gospel movement have led many over the years to dismiss his work,

his theology is particularly relevant and timely today, especially as a critique of the sort of otherworldly, disembodied religion that is all too common.  Several recent books have made this argument, including Tim Suttle’s An Evangelical Social Gospel? [Read our review].  “Rauschenbusch’s view of Christianity was that its purpose was to spread a Kingdom of God, not through a fire and brimstone style of preaching but by leading a Christlike life. Rauschenbusch did not view Jesus’ death as an act of substitutionary atonement but in his words, he died “to substitute love for selfishness as the basis of human society.” He wrote that “Christianity is in its nature revolutionary” and tried to remind society of that. He explained that the Kingdom of God “is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven.” In Rauschenbusch’s early adulthood, mainline Protestant churches were largely allied with the social and political establishment, in effect supporting the domination by robber barons, income disparity, and the use of child labor. Most church leaders did not see a connection between these issues and their ministries, so did nothing to address the suffering. But Rauschenbusch saw it as his duty as a minister and student of Christ to act with love by trying to improve social conditions.” (via Wikipedia)

We are pleased today to offer one of Rauschenbusch’s last books that overviews his theology…

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Walter Rauschenbusch’s
Theology for The Social Gospel

[available in a variety of ebook formats –Kindle, epub for Nook, etc. — from Archive.org ]

We intend to make the “Freebie of the Week” a regular column… So stay tuned in coming weeks for other free ebooks, downloads, etc.!

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