Four lectures delivered in 1917 to the Yale School of Religion presented here in elaborated form by one of the foremost leaders of the "Social Gospel Movement." In "A Theology for the Social Gospel", Rauschenbusch lays out the theological roots of Protestant social activism prevalent in the early part of this century. He explores central theological issues of the Christian faith: the nature of sin and evil, baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) was ordained in 1886 and began work among German immigrants as pastor of the Second German Baptist Church in New York City. He studied economics and theology at Berlin (1891-92) and industrial relations in England, where he became acquainted with the Fabian Society. In 1902 he was appointed Professor of Church History at Rochester Theological Seminary. He was a leading figure in the Social Gospel movement. His writings include 'Christianity and the Social Crisis', 'Christianizing the Social Order', and 'A Theology for the Social Gospel.'