The search for social salvation : social Christianity and America, 1880-1925
- Gary Scott Smith.
- Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2000.
- Physical description
- x, 545 p. ; 24 cm.
- Smith, Gary Scott, 1950-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 475-518) and index.
- Chapter 1 Introduction
- Chapter 2 Reassessing Social Christianity: Participants and Purposes
- Chapter 3 When Stead Came to Chicago: Social Christianity and Political Reform
- Chapter 4 Charles Sheldon's In His Steps and the Social Gospel Novel
- Chapter 5 To Reconstruct the World: Walter Rauschenbusch, Christian Socialism, and Social Change
- Chapter 6 Women and Social Christianity: Vida Scudder's Quest to Create a Cooperative Commonwealth
- Chapter 7 Blacks and Social Christianity: Reverdy Ransom, a Champion of Black Civil Rights
- Chapter 8 Social Christianity, Businessmen, and the Golden Rule: John Wanamaker, John J. Eagan, and Arthur Nash
- Chapter 9 Social Christianity, Businessmen, and the Golden Rule II: Nelson O. Nelson and Samuel M. Jones
- Chapter 10 Evangelicals and Social Christianity: The Men and Religion Forward Movement of 1911-1912
- Chapter 11 Conservative Critics of Social Christianity
- Chapter 12 Toward a New Definition of Social Christianity: Advocates, Activities, Principles, and Achievements
- Chapter 13 Appendix: Social Christianity in White Protestant Denominations, 1180-1925.
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- Publisher's Summary
In their studies of social Christianity, scholars of American religion have devoted critical attention to a group of theologically liberal pastors, primarily in the Northeast. Gary Scott Smith attempts to paint a more complete picture of the movement. Smith's ambitious and thorough study amply demonstrates how social Christianity-which included blacks, women, Southerners, and Westerners-worked to solve industrial, political, and urban problems; reduce racial discrimination; increase the status of women; curb drunkenness and prostitution; strengthen the family; upgrade public schools; and raise the quality of public health. In his analysis of the available scholarship and case studies of individuals, organizations, and campaigns central to the movement, Smith makes a convincing case that social Christianity was the most widespread, long-lasting, and influential religious social reform movement in American history.
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- Publication date
- 073910196X (cloth : alk. paper)
- 9780739101964 (cloth : alk. paper)
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