Christianity and the Social Crisis

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INTRODUCTION

Western civilization is passing through a social revolution unparalleled in

history for scope and power. Its coming was inevitable. The religious,

political, and intellectual revolutions of the past five centuries, which

together created the modern world, necessarily had to culminate in an economic

and social revolution such as is now upon us.

By universal

consent, this social crisis is the overshadowing problem of our generation. The

industrial and commercial life of the advanced nations are in the throes of it.

In politics all issues and methods are undergoing upheaval and re-alignment as

the social movement advances. In the world of thought all the young and serious

minds are absorbed in the solution of the social problems. Even literature and

art point like compass-needles to this magnetic pole of all our thought.

The social

revolution has been slow in reaching our country. We have been exempt, not

because we had solved the problems, but because we had not yet confronted them.

We have now arrived, and all the characteristic conditions of American life

will henceforth combine to make the social struggle here more intense than

anywhere else. The vastness and the free sweep of our concentrated wealth on

the one side, the independence, intelligence, moral vigor, and political power

of the common people on the other side, promise a long-drawn grapple of

contesting forces which may well make the heart of every American patriot sink

within him.

It is realized by

friend and foe that religion can play, and must play, a momentous part in this

irrepressible conflict.

The Church, the

organized expression of the religious life of the past, is one of the most

potent institutions and forces in Western civilization. Its favor and moral

influence are wooed by all parties. It cannot help throwing its immense weight

on one side or the other. If it tries not to act, it thereby acts; and in any

case its choice will be decisive for its own future.

GENRE
Religion & Spirituality
RELEASED
2017
December 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
109
Pages
PUBLISHER
CrossReach Publications
SELLER
PublishDrive Inc.
SIZE
1.1
MB

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