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God at WorkThe History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement$
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David W. Miller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314809.001.0001

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

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

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This chapter focuses on the first wave of the faith at work movement (FAW). Three broad streams of FAW activity developed whose vestiges are still seen today: (a) the Social Gospel, (b) special–purpose groups, and (c) the popularization of Jesus. The Social Gospel sought theological legitimacy in and gave hermeneutical primacy to the doctrine of the kingdom of God. The Social Gospel comprised many shapes and forms, often with overlapping interests. However, it can be arranged into three main substreams: conservative social Christianity, radical social Christianity, and progressive social Christianity. Special-purpose groups addressed “issues both specific to the churches and of more general concern to the broader society.”. These religiously motivated groups are part of the American tradition of voluntary associations. The popularization of Jesus involves the emergence of a style of writing and speaking that sought to contemporize and popularize a practical Jesus for modern times.

Keywords:   faith at work, religion, special-purpose groups, Jesus, Christianity, conservative social Christianity, radical social Christianity, progressive social Christianity

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