New Social Gospel Reading List

Child labor in 2nd Industrial Revolution; one goal of Social Gospel was social policy on a minimum age for work.

For all those who have wanted to know what sources I am using in my online class, The New Social Gospel, this spring, here you are:

The class method is taken from Freire. Read definitions.

Susan Thistlethwaite, #OccupytheBible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power.

This OccupytheBible blog.

The Roosevelt Institute on “The Next American Economy.” 

Walter Rauschenbusch, Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21 st Century: the Classic That Woke up the Church, ed by Paul Raushenbush.

Washington Gladden and an excellent article on Gladden’s early work and its influence in Social Gospel.

W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk

Gender and the Social Gospel, Wendy Deichmann Edwards and Carolyn De Swarte Gifford

Article on Fr. John Ryan.  This article requires library access. 

Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society; also see this important article to set Niebuhr in context of New Deal.

Theology in the Americas, Sergio Torres and John Eagleson, Orbis 1975; check used books.

Bill Moyers interview with James Cone and Taylor Branch on Dr. King’s dream of economic equality and why so little has changed.

Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?  See also Atlantic article on King and economics.

Thistlethwaite and Engel, Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theology from the Underside, especially the Introduction on Liberation Method. 

Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Joerg Rieger, Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements after Long Silence (New Approaches to Religion and Power)

Economic Justice for All:  Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy.

Do Justice: Linking Christian Faith and Modern Economic Life, Rebecca Blank, UCC Economics Document.

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, pp. 52-75.



About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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