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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).

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