Sin, Spirituality, and Primitivism: The Theologies of the American Social Gospel, 1885––1917

@article{Bowman2007SinSA,
  title={Sin, Spirituality, and Primitivism: The Theologies of the American Social Gospel, 1885––1917},
  author={Matthew S. Bowman},
  journal={Religion and American Culture-a Journal of Interpretation},
  year={2007},
  volume={17},
  pages={95-126}
}
  • Matthew S. Bowman
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Religion and American Culture-a Journal of Interpretation
This article seeks to draw attention to an often overlooked aspect of the social gospel. Rather than explaining social gospelers as theological liberals who took an interest in social problems, as many historians have done, this essay argues that they were possessed of a unique theology, one which welded evangelical ideas of conversion and experiential Christianity with liberal postmillennial hopes. Their devotion to combating social ills should be understood, therefore, not solely as a secular… Expand
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