Administering Salvationism

Rebecca Anne Allahyari

in Visions of Charity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221444
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935327 | DOI:
Administering Salvationism

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The Salvation Army differs significantly in its structure and working arrangements from Loaves & Fishes. This chapter shows how the conservative Salvationist moral rhetoric of charitable action sedimented into the working arrangements of Evangelical social welfare work at The Salvation Army Shelter Services Center in Sacramento. It traces the organizational moral rhetoric of charitable action through Salvationist writings, including the early work of William Booth and Commander Frederick Booth-Tucker, the War Cry, and participant-observation and interviews with staff members at the Shelter Services Center. The Salvation Army is the evolution of two great ideas, that of reaching with the gospel of salvation the masses who are outside the pale of ordinary church influences and that of caring for their temporal as well as spiritual necessities. The aim of the Salvationists is to fight the good fight, guarding against temptation, but aggressively winning men for God on the front lines of human need.

Keywords: Salvation Army; Evangelical Social Welfare; Conservative Salvationist writings; charitable action; Salvationism

Chapter.  10426 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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