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hear Paul Raushenbush's book talk/signing on "The Return of the Social Gospel"

Does God care about injustice?  If God did, would that change your worldview?  Think about the ramifications... We are thrilled that Paul Brandeis Raushenbush will be giving a talk on the return of social gospel thinking among younger U.S. Christians at a book signing for his recently edited work, Christianity and the Social Crisis – In the 21st Century: The Classic that Woke up the Church.  So grab a beer and join us!  Raushenbush is uniquely positioned to talk about the history, theology, and future of this key movement within world Christianity called the “social gospel”—why it developed in early industrial America, why some oppose it as dangerously revolutionary (e.g., Glenn Beck), and why its principles are increasingly shaping the faith of younger Christians today (across the theological spectrum!).  Paul Raushenbush is the great-grandson of Walter Rauschenbusch, the author of the classic theological treatise on the social gospel (Christianity and the Social Crisis) published over a century ago. 

Social Gospel thinking goes by many names today (“biblical justice,” “mercy and justice,” social teaching, etc.), but if you have ever thought your faith had something to say about systemic injustice (human trafficking, poverty, economic exploitation, etc.), then you’ve been shaped by social gospel assumptions!  In a nutshell, social gospel thinkers argued that Jesus’ healing message applied as much to individual hearts as whole societies because Jesus’ goal was both to save souls and transform the world.  Many have said that the Social Gospel is one of the few unique contributions to world Christian theology made by the U.S. church.  This is an event that you won’t want to miss.  Check out what the hype is all about! 

You can order the $10 book (paperback & ebook versions) online at Barnes & Noble by clicking here. (Sorry, we will not have copies for sale at the Darlington House)

Besides his new book, Paul Raushenbush has made a number of unique contributions to religion in America.  He is also the Religion Editor for the Huffington Post, an online source for theological news and commentary that has quickly become one of the best in the nation.  Besides being an author and editor, Paul Raushenbush is an accomplished minister and university teacher.  He is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University.  He is also the Co-Director of the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at The Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination at Princeton University.  He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and is a repeated guest on CNN and NPR.  An ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Raushenbush speaks and preaches at colleges, churches and think tanks around the country, including the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., The Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York, the Center for American Progress, and the New America Foundation.

Meeting space: We will meet in the Library Room of the Darlington House just up the street from the north exit of the Dupont Circle station (I mean right off the metro exit!).  The Library Room is the event space in the Darlington House on the 3rd level (over the 1st pub level and 2nd restaurant level).  There will be chairs, tables, and couches everywhere.  There will be a cash bar for drinks, but no food for sale.

Looking forward to see you on Tuesday, March 29th for this exciting event!



Logistics for the Event:

Metro: You can take the red line to Dupont Circle.  Leave from the North Exit.

Parking: Street parking will be a challenge of course.  One of the closest garages is Central Parking System, 11 Dupont Circle NW (along New Hampshire Ave, going north of Dupont Circle), Washington, DC  20036.  Google for other garages in the area.

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  • Mo J.

    Thanks for setting this up Glenn, was a great meeting. And, thanks to Paul for coming. Great conversation about what is the Gospel -- both individual and social. My takeaway (among other things) was that liberal churches tend to understate the importance of the individual gospel and conservative churches tend to understate the importance of the social gospel. They are both important and necessary -- like 2 sides of the same "gospel coin." Also, one of the attendees made a great point I'd never considered about the issue of justice vs charity. It seems most christians and christian churches are willing to be charitable to the needy. But, is that justice? Maybe justice is more about changing society to make it more Godly and righteous and giving the weak and powerless, the poor, more power -- i.e. -- letting the poor run the charitable programs, etc...

    Great meeting, thanks.

    March 31, 2011

  • Jeannie


    March 30, 2011

  • Larry B.

    You can tell there is really something wonderful happening in the body of Christ. There are a lot of young people engaged and wrestling with the things of God. I continue to be blown away by the spiritual commitment of these young people. I love the smell of revolution in the air. To God be the glory.

    March 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought Paul gave a good talk. The Q&A meandered into a bit more navel gazing than I would have liked, and at times I felt like Paul didn't know quite how to respond to the essay length questions. Perhaps we could do written questions at the next discussion?

    March 30, 2011

  • Maria

    Really stimulating conversation, great location, well coordinated. Met some cool people. I really enjoyed it!

    March 30, 2011

  • Glenn Z.

    Oh boy, this was probably the best Theology Pub yet with great conversations on faith and justice lasting for hours! (for those who chose to stay later!!!)

    March 30, 2011

  • Barbara Brown Z.

    Sorry I cannot make it.

    March 28, 2011

  • Amy

    I so wish I couild come, but I have another commitment. See you all soon!

    February 24, 2011

  • Glenn Z.

    thanks for the support! glad you can come!

    February 17, 2011

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