social gospel


The black social gospel

A review of Gary Dorrien

In American history, some lives have mattered; others have not. That difference fundamentally has been a racial one.


Capitalism and faith: A tangled history

A review of Kevin M. Kruse

Why have American Christians so readily baptized the idea of free-market capitalism? Kevin Kruse illuminates the long, tangled history.


Working-class Christians

According to Heath Carter, working people have been some of Christianity's most important theological innovators.


Muscular Christianity, by Cliffort Putney

The goals of the Social Gospel movement, the ideas of men such as G. Stanley Hall and Theodore Roosevelt, Christians' attitudes toward World War I, the development of institutions such as the Federal Council of Churches, the Boy Scouts and the Young Men's Christian Association—these are the sorts of topics Clifford Putney covers.