social gospel

noun

1
: the application of Christian principles to social problems
2
capitalized S&G : a movement in American Protestant Christianity especially in the first part of the 20th century to bring the social order into conformity with Christian principles

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Over subsequent decades, escalating inequality has yielded a significant number of ultrawealthy individuals who heeded Novak’s call to defend capitalism against the depredations of the social gospel. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 9 Mar. 2021 The sermons at Bethany advanced the social gospel, aiming to attract the working poor and the foreign born to a Christian—that is, Protestant—way of living that would help them better themselves in a rapidly industrializing world. Marc Levinson, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2018 The opposite is true in other spheres of U.S. Christianity, particularly Mainline Protestantism and African American churches, where social gospel is often seen as core. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of social gospel was in 1874

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“Social gospel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20gospel. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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