The Christian and Civic Economy of Large Towns: Volume 1

The Christian and Civic Economy of Large Towns: Volume 1

by Thomas Chalmers


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This three-volume study by the Scottish churchman and social reformer Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) is a revealing work of Christian morality as applied to urban economic theory. Having moved to Glasgow in 1815, Chalmers was given a free hand in 1819 for an experiment in urban ministry at the new parish of St John's in the poorest district of the city. His reforms improved education and reduced the need for institutional poor relief by dividing the area into manageable 'proportions' that were closely looked after by parish elders and deacons, reviving a traditional community spirit and promoting self-help. Although sometimes severe, Chalmers' system and this influential work reflect Enlightenment optimism regarding human nature, suggesting the need for the Church of Scotland to respond actively to problems of urban industrialisation. Volume 1, published in 1821, outlines his theories of locality and the ways in which the Church could support the community.

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ISBN-13: 9781108062350
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/27/2013
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The advantage and possibility of assimilating a town to country parish; 2. On the influence of locality in towns; 3. Application of the principle of locality to the work of a Christian minister; 4. The effect of a locality in adding to the useful establishments of a town; 5. On church patronage; 6. On church patronage; 7. On church offices; 8. On Sabbath schools.

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