Gender and the Social Gospel

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This collection of writings examines the central, yet often overlooked, role played by women in the formation of the social gospel movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A practical theological response to the stark realities of poverty and injustice prevalent in turn-of-the-century America, the social gospel movement sought to apply the teachings of Jesus and the message of Christian salvation to society by striving to improve the lives of the impoverished and the disenfranchised. The ...
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Overview

This collection of writings examines the central, yet often overlooked, role played by women in the formation of the social gospel movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A practical theological response to the stark realities of poverty and injustice prevalent in turn-of-the-century America, the social gospel movement sought to apply the teachings of Jesus and the message of Christian salvation to society by striving to improve the lives of the impoverished and the disenfranchised. The contributors in this volume set out to broaden understanding of this radical movement by examining the lives of some of its female participants and the ways in which their involvement expanded and enriched the scope of its activity. Through the essays in Gender and the Social Gospel, the women of the social gospel movement emerge as passionate and vibrant social and religious activists, as different from one another as from the men who frequently overshadowed them. In addition to examining the lives of individual women, these essays contain broader analysis of the gender and racial issues that have caused the histories of movements such as the social gospel to be viewed almost exclusively in terms of their male, Euro-American, intellectual participants, at the expense of the women, African Americans, and Canadians whose contributions were just as worthy of attention. Not only useful as a historical work, Gender and the Social Gospel compellingly argues that issues of social justice, including gender and race inclusiveness, are as critical to a contemporary social Christianity as they were more than a century ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252070976
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Restoring Women and Reclaiming Gender in Social Gospel Studies 1
1 "The Woman's Cause Is Man's"? Frances Willard and the Social Gospel 21
2 Women and Social Betterment in the Social Gospel Work of Josiah Strong 35
3 More Than Maternal Feminists and Good Samaritans: Women and the Social Gospel in Canada 53
4 Walter Rauschenbusch and "The Woman Movement": A Gender Analysis 71
5 The Social Dimensions of Foreign Missions: Emma Rauschenbusch Clough and Social Gospel Ideology 87
6 The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Pacific Northwest: A Different Side of the Social Gospel 103
7 Shaping a Civic Profession: Mary Richmond, the Social Gospel and Social Work 116
8 Dorothy Day and the Social Gospel Movement: Different Theologies, Common Concerns 139
9 Jane Addams, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Dorothy Day: A Comparative Study of Settlement Theology 150
10 The Ecumenical Woman's Missionary Movement: Helen Barrett Montgomery and The Baptist, 1920-30 167
11 Gender and the Social Gospel Novel 185
12 True to Our God: African American Women as Christian Activists in Rochester, New York 202
13 In the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: The Social Gospel of Faye Wattleton and Marian Wright Edelman 217
Contributors 231
Index 233
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