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Churches and Social Issues in Twentieth-Century Britain$
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G. I. T. Machin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198217800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217800.001.0001

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Churches and Social Questions, c.1900–1918

Churches and Social Questions, c.1900–1918

(p.3) 1 Churches and Social Questions, c.1900–1918
Churches and Social Issues in Twentieth-Century Britain

G.I.T. Machin

Oxford University Press

A study of the social concerns of Christian Churches in twentieth-century Britain begins at a time when both the Churches and the question of social reform were of great importance in that country. Already, however, while the Roman Catholics continued to grow apace, membership and attendance figures in the Protestant Churches were a lot less healthy, certainly when membership assessments are compared with the size of the population. The Churches as a whole had so far lost little of the active presence and influence they had gained so notably since the later eighteenth century. The diverse views of Christians on social policy were reflected in the different reforming plans adopted by governments in the course of the twentieth century. Much less straightforward was the development of personal morality and social behaviour in comparison with Christian attitudes at the beginning of the century.

Keywords:   Christian Churches, Britain, social reform, social policy, Christians, social behaviour, personal morality

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