social gospel


Definition of social gospel 

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

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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, "‘These words are not of Christ’: Sunday sermons take on Trump’s reported vulgarity," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of social gospel

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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