This volume examines the relationship between Christianity and labor. After chapters from other contributors on specific aspects of labor in the early twentieth century, Rauschenbusch’s closing chapter addresses the importance of social change being based on Christianity. He covers the history of labor and the specific challenges of modern conditions, describing both the church’s efforts to reach working people and needs for additional service.
Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918) was a Baptist pastor and important figure in the Social Gospel movement. He co-founded The Brotherhood of the Kingdom, a group of thinkers advocating social change. His writings influenced Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, and multiple social justice ministries.