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Origins of Walter Rauschenbuschs Social Ethics Donovan E Smucker

Origins of Walter Rauschenbuschs Social Ethics

Donovan E Smucker

Published May 1st 1994
ISBN : 9780773564558
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184 pages
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In Rauschenbuschs 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 anMoreIn Rauschenbuschs 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 Rauschenbuschs new paradigm lay to some extent in his personal experiences his parents rejection of the Lutheran perspective for that of the Baptists, his fathers pietism, and his eleven-year pastorate in New Yorks Hells 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.