Christianity--And Our World

Christianity--And Our World

Christianity--And Our World

Christianity--And Our World

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Christians of the post-war generation are called upon to make harder decisions than were their parents. For the past generation it was possible to be sincerely Christian and yet fit easily into civilization. The world seemed to be a hospitable place for the development of Christian faith and the realization of Christian ideals. Those who saw clearly the real conflicts between Christianity and the world were able to hope that the world was being transformed according to a Christian pattern. It did seem possible to decide for Christianity without deciding against major trends in civilization.

One of the most prophetic Christian spirits of the past generation, and also one of the most realistic, was Walter Rauschenbusch. In 1912 he wrote a book entitled Christianizing the Social Order. In that book he indicated that the greater part of the work of Christianizing the social order was already done. Already we had largely succeeded in Christianizing the home, the church, the school, and the political state. Now, he suggested, we face the last great conquest, the conquest of the economic order; and within a measurable time we shall have what can be called a Christian society. Rauschenbusch was not blind to the real dangers which threatened those hopes, and he admitted that we could never have more than an approximation to a Christian society; but in his hopes he spoke for . . .

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