Concordia Theological Monthly

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social gospel, rauschenbusch, industrial revolution, lutheranism missouri synod

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On the whole, it appears that American Lutheranism was oblivious to the writings of Walter Rauschenbusch. An examination of Lehre und Wehre, the theological journal of the Missouri Synod during the years of his ascendancy, failed to uncover a single reference to the "prophet of the Social Gospel." When he was mentioned in Lutheran circles, he was usually stigmatized as the villain of American Protestantism. His name was associated with all the ignominy heaped on the social gospel. He became the favorite "whipping boy" for those denouncing the trend toward Modernism. Perhaps he was not given a fair hearing. At least there seemed to be no appreciation of his prophetic powers in discerning so clearly the social and religious reverberations of the industrial revolution.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Amos 6:1-4;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars