The Search for Social Salvation: Social Christianity and America, 1880-1925

The Search for Social Salvation: Social Christianity and America, 1880-1925

By: Gary Scott Smith (author)Hardback

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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.

About Author

Gary Scott Smith is Professor of History at Grove City College. He is the editor of Worldviews, Society, and Ethics: A Reader (1999).


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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  • ISBN13: 9780739101964
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 560
  • ID: 9780739101964
  • weight: 862
  • ISBN10: 073910196X

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