Talk:Walter Rauschenbusch

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References and footnotes[edit]

This article is great - I especially love the quotes. Would be great if someone could reference the quotes with proper footnotes.

If anyone has the time to expand this article, I think that would be good too.

Davymast 11:25, 13 December 2006 (UTC)


Biography also needs inserting/expanding.

Davymast 11:40, 13 December 2006 (UTC)


And who the heck wrote the Critique section? It's not appropriate to insert a critique of one's own here. Rather, one should indicate how Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel movement were critiqued by their contemporaries and by modern theologians, making certain to make relevant citations.

"But the Social Gospel advocates were not interested in expanding Christian love; they were interested in an equality of ends." That's quite a remarkable statement. One certainly well placed in a college or grad school critique, wherein such positions may be sourced and defended. But Wikipedia is meant to be considerably more objective.

--Vhiucgtoor (talk) 02:18, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

I agree with Vhiucgtoor; the critique section is obviously a personal critique of Rauschenbusch that I think we should cut in its entirety. The only serious critics mentioned are Reinhold Niebuhr (whose cited critique is vague) and James Fowler (whose work as a developmental psychologist is probably valuable, but who shouldn't be cited in an encyclopedia for his critique of Rauschenbusch). A critiques section would be a valuable addition to this page, but they should, as Vhiucgtoor says, be characterizing the critiques of his contemporaries and important later interpreters. I'm cutting it for now, as clear editorializing. If someone disagrees, feel free to restore and list the page as having a neutrality dispute. -- Brian Hamilton 18:47, 5 February 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bdhamilton (talkcontribs)


Any idea what the meaning of the phrase "the herpderp" in the Influence section is supposed to signify? A quick web search did not enlighten me. It seems to me that it could be replaced by "his." Raorllud (talk) 01:36, 24 October 2012 (UTC)