John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow

(1821—1911) lawyer and social activist

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founder of Christian Socialism. Called to the bar in 1843, he wrote to F. D. Maurice from Paris after the Revolution of 1848, insisting that ‘the new socialism must be Christianized.’ He was largely responsible for promoting the Industrial and Provident Societies Act of 1852, and he co-operated with Maurice in founding the Working Men's College. His influence did much to prevent in England the antagonism between the Church and Socialism which exists in most other countries.

Subjects: Christianity.

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