A study of the place of the Christian religion in an industrial city. Wickham's book offers a close investigation - both historical and sociological - of Sheffield in the vital years of its 19th-century industrial growth, and considers the plans and practice of organized religion in the city at that time. Where did it fail with the Broad Churchmen "working classes"? What were the reasons? And what do the lessons of the past mean for the modern day? The book should be useful for those involved with urban ministry as it is for historians of religion and of society.
Reverend Edward Ralph Wickham (03.11.1911-29.11.1994) He studied at Sheffield University. He became assistant Bishop at the Diocese of Manchester. He was director of the Sheffield Industrial Mission and hon. Chaplain to Bishop of Sheffield. Publications: Church and People in an Industrial City, 1957 Encounter with Modern Society, 1964 Growth & Inflation, 1975 Growth, Justice and Work, 1985
Contents: Preface Introduction 1 SHEFFIELD IN THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY 2 CHURCH AND PEOPLE, FROM THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION 3 CHURCH AND PEOPLE IN THE 'BLEAK AGE', 1800-1850 4 CHURCH AND PEOPLE IN THE YEARS OF RELIGIOUS BOOM, 1850-1900 5 CHURCH AND PEOPLE IN THE YEARS OF 'DECLINE AND FALL', 1900 TO THE PRESENT 6 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IN AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY Conclusions I. Theological Perspectives II. Industrial Mission III. The Missionary Structure of the Local Church in an Industrial Society, 261 Appendices Bibliography Index