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social gospel

noun, Protestantism.
a movement in America, chiefly in the early part of the 20th century, stressing the social teachings of Jesus and their applicability to public life.
Origin of social gospel
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My point is that all revolutionary propaganda is "social gospel."

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • I only know that I believe in you–you are my faith; you are my social gospel.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • They acted upon a fine social spirit, thought they taught no social gospel.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
  • Its faith, put into practice as a social gospel, had been freed of the offensive things that had antagonized the world.

    Under the Prophet in Utah Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins
  • Having lost the old Gospel, the men of the cloth became eager exponents of the “social gospel” of that day.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • Some of his addresses on social matters have been published under the heading “Essays on the social gospel” .

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Social Gospel definition

A religious movement that arose in the United States in the late nineteenth century with the goal of making the Christian churches more responsive to social problems, such as poverty and prostitution. Leaders of the movement argued that Jesus' message was as much about social reform as about individual approaches to salvation.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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