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The New Christianity

The New Christianity: The Theology of the Social Gospel

Series: Heritage
Copyright Date: 1973
Pages: 92
  • Book Info
    The New Christianity
    Book Description:

    An instructive study in how the highest traditions of Christianity came into radical conjunction with the currents of economic change, social reform, and political upheaval in Canada in the first decades of this century.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-3212-7
    Subjects: Religion, History

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. An Introduction
    (pp. v-2)

    ‘In a very short time it will be acclaimed from every revolutionary platform; and ... it will lend to the revolutionary movement an air of religious sanction ...’¹ It was mid-June 1920. Lieutenant-Colonel C.F. Hamilton, the intelligence and liaison officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, had just read the recently publishedNew Christianityby Salem Bland, the stormy petrel of Canadian Protestantism. He sized it up quickly, and dashed a letter off to T. Albert Moore, head of the Methodist Department of Evangelism and Social Service, in an attempt to enlist Moore’s aid in undermining the public reception of...

  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. 3-4)
  4. Preface
    (pp. 5-6)
  5. Introduction: The world-welter
    (pp. 7-10)

    THE WESTERN nations to-day are like storm-tossed sailors who, after a desperate voyage, have reached land only to find it heaving with earthquakes. In almost every country involved in the great struggle, the war without has been succeeded by a war within.

    Of this turmoil, industrial or political as it may be, two things can be said. One is, that no Western people is likely to escape it, and certainly not the peoples of this Continent. The other is, that even in its most confused and explosive forms it is a divine movement. Mistaken, sordid, violent, even cruel forms it...

  6. Part 1: The new social order

    • Chapter 1 The overflow of democracy
      (pp. 13-18)

      THE HISTORY of the last nine hundred years in one, at least, of its most vital aspects is the history of the development of democracy. Perhaps in no other way can one so accurately discuss and estimate the progress achieved through this almost millennial period than in noting the successive conquests made by that great principle.

      The first conquest was in the field of education. Modern democracy began with the rise of universities in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Education had been the monopoly of the clergy, not, indeed, through any such design on the part of the clergy, but...

    • Chapter 2 The overflow of brotherhood
      (pp. 19-34)

      THE CHURCH of Jesus Christ should not be alarmed at the inundating progress of democracy. She, of all institutions, should not oppose it. It is her child. But even democracy, with its majestic vindication of the worth and dignity of the humblest and least-endowed human soul, is not so distinctively and gloriously the offspring of Christianity as is the principle of brotherhood. The movement towards brotherhood, the great master-passion of our day, is just the overflow of Christianity from the conventionally religious into the economic realm. One might rest the divine claim of Christianity on this irrepressible impulse to overflow....

  7. Part 2: The New Christianity

    • Chapter 3 A labor Christianity
      (pp. 37-56)

      A NEW social order is not more imperatively demanded than a new Christianity. Nothing less than this will suffice, nor will anything less be brought into being, in this crisis of transition. For while there are unchanging elements in Christianity, there are, it is equally certain, aspects that are constantly changing.

      The devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the central and determinative principle of Christianity, is the least variable element; the institutions and dogmas by which that devotion is expressed and seeks to act upon the world, are the most variable.

      Institutional Christianity is even more variable than...

    • Chapter 4 An American Christianity
      (pp. 57-74)

      IT WILL HELP US, perhaps, to understand still more clearly the religious revolution which is going on to-day concurrently with the social revolution if we survey the evolution of Christianity from another standpoint—the racial. In the preceding chapter the effort has been to show that Christianity in its organization and even in its spirit has been profoundly affected by its social environment and has changed as that has changed. The most superficial study of the history of Christianity reveals, moreover, that Christianity has been, also, deeply affected by the characteristics of each race among which it has made its...

    • Chapter 5 The great Christianity
      (pp. 75-90)

      BUT American Christianity is not final Christianity, nor even the highest and richest form of Christianity in sight, unless it blossom into a yet richer and more varied loveliness than it at present gives promise of. Of all actual forms of Christianity it seems to have the fairest promise, but it will probably prove to be only a tributary, though a great one, of a still mightier river.

      Is it possible for us at this stage to discern at least the outline of the Great Christianity that is to be?

      Certainly, every great historic form of Christianity has been tried...

  8. Conclusion
    (pp. 91-92)

    THE TASK before Western civilization today, it is probable, the greatest civilization has ever faced. It is a complete reconstruction that is demanded. It must be accomplished with speed. All the Western nations are involved. There have been other reconstructions as drastic, but either they have been permitted a much longer period of development, or they have been confined to much smaller areas.

    The struggle will not be over religious opinions, or political theories, though both are involved. It will be over what touch men ordinarily much more deeply, their livelihood and their profits, and the war has seemed to...

  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 93-93)