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Author Bill Pitts

Bill Pitts is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of "The Reception of Rauschenbusch: The Responses of His Earliest Readers" (Mercer University Press).

The gospel of Jesus envisioned not only individual salvation but also redemption of the nation, according to theologian Walter Rauschenbusch. Christian leaders do a great service for church members by educating them on social ethics. […] Read More

Theologian and pastor Walter Rauschenbusch affirmed a deep relationship between his Christian faith and ordinary daily work, writing a book of prayers addressing the struggle of ordinary workers. Those prayers still resonate today. […] Read More

Trained as a Baptist minister, Walter Rauschenbusch, consumed with a passion for social justice, thought America had made great economic strides forward but was still far behind in its moral responsibility. What would he say today? […] Read More

Martin Luther’s influence during the Protestant Reformation was enormous, but with the acceptance of Scripture as the authority, many individual interpretations began to appear, creating a pluralism of Reformations. Historians commonly identify five of these patterns of Reformation. Followers of Luther created the Lutheran tradition. They adopted the Augsburg Confession in 1530 but then debated […] Read More

The Protestant Reformation was a 16th- and 17th-century movement intent on reshaping and revitalizing the Christian church. The church had experienced many reform movements in the past, but this one was unique: It produced challenging interpretations of Christianity and rapidly won a large following. The old wine skins could not hold the new, and the […] Read More

Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) affirmed a deep relationship between his Christian faith and ordinary daily work. He was a bright student who quickly realized that seminary training (1883-86) in Bible, theology, church history and preaching did not prepare him to minister to his Baptist congregation of immigrant laborers who lived near Hell’s Kitchen in New York […] Read More