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Half-Finished Heaven: The Social Gospel in American Literature

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Overview

The five best-selling novels of the Social Gospel Movement (1865-1920) are examined in this comprehensive text. Their force is not just in promulgating, but also in developing the movement. Graham delves deep into how these novels were instrumental in shaping theology, directing popular interest, and promoting peaceful progress. Contents: Mission and Methods; Themes and Giants of the Movement, Right and Center; Josiah Strong: The Right Wing; Walter Rauschenbusch: the Movement's Center; God's Special Work; In Charles Sheldon's Step; Sheldon and Individual Redemption; Fiction's Vision; Josiah Holland and Edward Bellamy Prepare the Way; From Lowly Earth to Vaulted Skies: Josiah Holland's Agenda for the Developing Social Gospel; Edward Bellamy: Preparing Fertile Ground; Beyond Charity to Justice with Harold Bell Wright and Winston Churchill; Harold Bell Wright: A Mirror for Readers; Winston Churchill: Fiction's Best Expression of the Social Gospel; A Story Away from the Kingdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819198969
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/2/1995
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Mission and Method 1
Ch. 2 Themes and Giants of the Movement, Right and Center 17
The Right Wing (Josiah Strong) 23
The Movement's Center (Walter Rauschenbusch) 27
God's Special Work 41
Ch. 3 In Charles Sheldon's Steps 49
Sheldon and Individual Redemption 57
Fiction's Vision 78
Ch. 4 Josiah Holland and Edward Bellamy Prepare the Way 91
From Lowly Earth to Vaulted Skies: Josiah Holland's Agenda for the
Developing Social Gospel 95
Preparing Fertile Ground (Edward Bellamy) 112
Ch. 5 Beyond Charity to Justice with Harold Bell Wright and Winston Churchill 139
A Mirror for Readers (Harold Bell Wright) 141
Fiction's Best Expression of the Social Gospel (Winston Churchill) 153
Ch. 6 A Story Away from the Kingdom 177
Bibliography 191
Index 203
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