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The Social Gospel movement revisited: Consequences for the church

By Pierre Jacobs

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<p class="Default">This article introduces South African churches to the reasons why elements of the late 19th and early 20th century Social Gospel movement encourages local churches to participate in their respective communities through social contribution. The article argues that the Social Gospellers understood Christian responsibility as an imperative of ‘<em>participatio Jesu</em>’ through social integration of living an ethos of <em>oikoumenē</em>. The history of the Social Gospel should be a relevant influence on mainline churches to understand the tension in the decision to participate or withdraw from social contribution today.</p

Topics: Social Gospel, South African church, Emplot, The Bible, BS1-2970, Practical Theology, BV1-5099
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.4102/hts.v71i3.3022
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:34eb84e41124442cb30b2cadd1a645b5
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