100 years later: Social gospel pioneer's legacy still debated

 
Theologians of all ideological stripes agree Walter Rauschenbusch was a key figure in 20th-century Baptist history and that his 1917 book, "A Theology for the Social Gospel," marked an important juncture in the social gospel tradition. But students of theology are divided 100 years later on whether Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) should be remembered as a friend or foe of evangelism and sound doctrine. "Walter Rauschenbusch was born into a long line of pastors," said Lloyd Harsch, professor of church history and Baptist studies ...