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Social Issues

Graham Neville

in Radical Churchman

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269779.003.0008
Social Issues

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This chapter discusses Edward Hicks's ‘crusading spirit’ and support for various organizations devoted to a moral campaign. It notes that the social changes required to sustain rapid industrialization were of a kind that had never been experienced before in British society and so they were of such a radical a nature that all previous Christian moral teaching about human relationships had to be recast. It observes that the result was that the established church progressively lost authority to advise and criticize in the field of social ethics; and its members became more and more divided in trying to recast its teaching for a changing society. The chapter further observes that individual members of the church with an active social conscience banded together with members and non-members of the church, to tackle particular abuses or to advocate particular changes which were the basis of the United Kingdom Alliance (UKA).

Keywords: crusading spirit; moral campaign; social changes; British society; Christian moral teaching; human relationships; social ethics; United Kingdom Alliance

Chapter.  10071 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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