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Rauschenbusch, Walter

b. 1861 - d. 1918

Walter Rauschenbusch is regarded as the father of the social gospel movement. He attended Rochester Theological Seminary and served 11 years as pastor of the Second Baptist Church in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, where he ministered to industrial workers and the poor. The purpose of Christianity, he felt, was to spread the Kingdom of God, thereby transforming life on earth. He believed the social mission of Jesus had been replaced by the doctrines of the Church, emphasizing personal salvation. Rauschenbusch’s Christianity and the Social Gospel (1907) challenged the church to reform society to meet the needs of the poor. Ten years later he wrote A Theology for the Social Gospel. Dr. King first encountered Rauschenbusch’s philosophy as a seminary student and wrote that it “left an indelible imprint on my thinking by giving a theological basis for the social concern that had already grown up in me as a result of my early experiences.”

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Essay on Walter Rauschenbusch

This essay exams Walter Rauschenbushch views on the relationship between the Church and Society.

Hints on Religious Music for Radio

This pamphlet, written by Charles Schmitz, acknowledges the impact of music on religious radio. Schmitz maintains that music helps establish the purpose of religious radio programs and that certain musical selections have the power to create Christian mood and comfort. This pamphlet gives instructions on how best to implement music.

Letter from Angie Elizabeth Shelton to MLK

Mrs. Shelton expresses her gratitude to Dr. King for renewing her faith. After reading one of Dr. King's books, she states that she felt herself beginning to believe. Mrs. Shelton has decided to buy and study "Civil Disobedience" thanks to Dr. King.

Letter From Paul H. Boase

Paul H. Boase writes Dr. King concerning a sermon, recording and publication that he would like to use to demonstrate that the Social Gospel is still alive.

Social Gospel

Dr. King describes the period of the social gospel.