Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Ralph A. Phelps, Jr.
Mrs. Betty Jo McCommas
Mr. Dennis Holt
Using primarily his five books on the social gospel movement, this study of Walter Rauschenbusch centered on the man as a writer and literary figure. A background investigation had revealed that there had been extensive studies of Rauschenbusch as a man, a preacher, a social critic, and a theological professor but not of his career or ability as a writer.
Since Rauschenbusch and his writings were so inextricably interwoven that one cannot be explained satisfactorily apart from the other, the social gospel movement of which he is sometimes called the father, was first examined in some detail. This study revealed that Rauschenbusch had a natural talent for writing. He was a compassionate person, a dedicated Christian, and a social idealist.
Rauschenbusch's ability as a speaker and influence as a social reformer have overshadowed his talent as a writer and have caused a study of this ability to be overlooked.
Lindsey, Natille Pierce, "A Study of the Writings of Walter Rauschenbusch as Reflected in His Books on the Social Gospel" (1966). OBU Graduate Theses. 47.