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Social Gospel

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Social Gospel

Social Gospel

Social Gospel.

Social Gospel

Social Gospel

 The Social Gospel Era (c. 1890s–1945)

Darwin as Ally, the Social Gospel as Foe

Rauschenbusch, W. (19th-cent. exponent of social gospel programme):

US Public Health Reform Movements and the Social Gospel

Reinhold Niebuhr and the Christian Century: World War II and the Eclipse of the Social Gospel

The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel

The Social Gospel Today. Edited by Christopher H. Evans. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2001. xiv + 213 pp. n.p.

Studies in Matthew’s Gospel: Literary Design, Intertextuality, and Social Setting. By Wim J. C. Weren.

‘At the Age of 12’: The Boy Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41–52), The Emperor Augustus, and the Social Setting of the Third Gospel

Johannine Sectarianism in Perspective: A Sociological, Historical and Comparative Analysis of Temple and Social Relationships in the Gospel of John, Philo and Qumran. By Kåre Sigvald Fuglseth.

The Social Gospel of E. Nicholas Comfort: Founder of the Oklahoma School of Religion. By Robert C. Cottrell. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997. xxii, 338 pp. $34.95, ISBN 0-8061-2931-X.)

Daniel H. Bays, editor. Christianity in China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1996. Pp. xxii, 483. $55.00 and Jun Xing. Baptized in the Fire of Revolution: The American Social Gospel and the YMCA in China, 1919–1937 Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses. 1996. Pp. 238. $39.50


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The most conspicuous movement representing the social aspects of Christianity in American and Canadian Protestantism in the late 19th and early 20th cents. Washington Gladden (1836–1918), a Congregational minister and prolific author who defended the right of working people to form unions, is known as the ‘father’ of the Social Gospel. Josiah Strong (1847–1916) organized interdenominational gatherings that promoted the movement while he was secretary of the (American) Evangelical Alliance; W. Rausenbusch became its foremost prophet. It was influential in the Congregational, Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches. Based largely on liberal theology, the movement had a high view of human nature and its potentiality, stressed the idea of progress, was reformist in tone, and had a somewhat utopian cast. It passed its zenith after the First World War, but left an important legacy in the thought of many Churches.

Subjects: History of the Americas — Christianity.

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