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Stewart J. Brown

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198832539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198832539.001.0001

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The City of God and the Civic Church, 1888–94

The City of God and the Civic Church, 1888–94

(p.91) 3 The City of God and the Civic Church, 1888–94
W. T. Stead

Stewart J. Brown

Oxford University Press

The years from 1888 to 1894 were for W. T. Stead a highly creative period. Inspired by the potential for the media of mass communication to unite and elevate humankind, his ideas became increasingly global. During these years, he wrote his three most important books, the Truth about Russia (1888), The Pope and the New Era (1890), and If Christ Came to Chicago! (1894). He ghost-wrote for William Booth of the Salvation Army much of the highly influential book in urban social Christianity, In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890). He founded in late 1889 a new monthly journal, the Review of Reviews, which aimed at providing readers with digests of the best articles from the world press. He also developed the plan for a ‘Civic Church’, which would unite the religious bodies, labour organizations, voluntary charities, and secular agencies in every town and city for urban social improvement.

Keywords:   W. T. Stead, Russia, Leo Tolstoy, papacy, Cardinal Henry Manning, Review of Reviews, Salvation Army, Catherine Booth, Civic Church, Chicago

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