Kingdom coming

We have needed a good biography of Walter Rauschenbusch for some time, and Christopher Evans has provided us with the best one so far. The Kingdom Is Always but Coming covers not only the personal life of the founder of the Social Gospel movement as it developed from the 1880s through the 1920s, but also the intellectual and social history of the Progressive Era. The movement Rauschenbusch helped spawn has deeply shaped ecumenical Protestantism, especially in North America and also in many of the churches Protestants planted elsewhere as part of their 19th-century missionary efforts. At home, the Social Gospel has influenced the Christian realism of Reinhold Niebuhr, the civil rights activism of Martin Luther King Jr., the work of no small number of liberation thinkers, and today’s public theology.


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