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The Social Principles of Jesus   By: (1861-1918)

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College Voluntary Study Courses

Fourth Year Part 1

The Social Principles Of Jesus


Walter Rauschenbusch

Professor of Church History, Rochester Theological Seminary

Written under the Direction of Sub Committee on College Courses, Sunday School Council of Evangelical Denominations, and Committee on Voluntary Study, Council of North American Student Movements

The Woman's Press

600 Lexington Avenue

New York City


Copyright, 1916, by

The International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, 1916

All Rights Reserved


Introduction Part I. The Axiomatic Social Convictions Of Jesus Chapter I. The Value Of Life Chapter II. The Solidarity Of The Human Family Chapter III. Standing With The People Part II. The Social Ideal Of Jesus Chapter IV. The Kingdom Of God: Its Values Chapter V. The Kingdom Of God: Its Tasks Chapter VI. A New Age And New Standards Part III. The Recalcitrant Social Forces Chapter VII. Leadership For Service Chapter VIII. Private Property And The Common Good Chapter IX. The Social Test Of Religion Part IV. Conquest By Conflict Chapter X. The Conflict With Evil Chapter XI. The Cross As A Social Principle Chapter XII. A Review And A Challenge Footnotes


"The Social Principles of Jesus" takes seventh place in a series of text books known as College Voluntary Study Courses. The general outline for this curriculum has been prepared by the Committee on Voluntary Study of the Council of North American Student Movements, representing the Student Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associations and the Student Volunteer Movement, and the Sub Committee on College Courses of the Sunday School Council of Evangelical Denominations, representing twenty nine communions. Therefore the text books are planned for the use of student classes in the Sunday School, as well as for the supplementary groups on the campus. The present text book has been written under the direction of these Committees.

The text books are not suitable for use in the academic curriculum, as they have been definitely planned for voluntary study groups.

This series, covering four years, is designed to form a minimum curriculum for the voluntary study of the Bible, foreign missions, and North American problems. Daily Bible Readings are printed with each text book. The student viewpoint is given first emphasis what are the student interests? what are the student problems?

The Bible text printed in short measure (indented both sides) is taken from the American Standard Edition of the Revised Bible, copyright, 1901, by Thomas Nelson & Sons, and is used by permission.


This book is not a life of Christ, nor an exposition of his religious teachings, nor a doctrinal statement about his person and work. It is an attempt to formulate in simple propositions the fundamental convictions of Jesus about the social and ethical relations and duties of men.

Our generation is profoundly troubled by the problems of organized society. The most active interest of serious men and women in the colleges is concentrated on them. We know that we are in deep need of moral light and spiritual inspiration in our gropings. There is an increasing realization, too, that the salvation of society lies in the direction toward which Jesus led. And yet there is no clear understanding of what he stood for. Those who have grown up under Christian teaching can sum up the doctrines of the Church readily, but the principles which we must understand if we are to follow Jesus in the way of life, seem enveloped in a haze... Continue reading book >>

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