December 12, 2007
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I am currently in the process of reading August's autobiography (he only finished half before his death; then it was finished by his son, Walter). It is an intriguing work, translated by Don Madvig, former Old Testament professor at NABS, from the original German, and soon to be published by the NAB Heritage Commission. Rauschenbusch was born in 1816 and died in 1899.
Rauschenbusch's schooling and spiritual journey testifies to the best in German learning. His father, a Lutheran pastor, started him at an early age on a classical education. He learned Latin, Greek, French, Hebrew and English early on. He wrote German poetry. His university included the best in theology at
He journeyed from deepest skepticism to a conservative pietism (a brand of Lutheranism that believed in adult conversion), much to the chagrin of his parents. With his conversion he prepared for the pastorate and took over his father's church when he died. His revivalism did not stand him in good stead with the presbytery. After nine years pastoring and leading revivals in Westphalia region, he felt called to follow the two million or so immigrants from
Without reviewing the whole book for you, let me encourage you to buy it yourself when it is published. Let me also turn your attention to the 30 years in which he taught at the German department of Rochester Seminary.