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The Social Gospel downplayed salvation and emphasized good works

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We’ve been reading the book “In His Steps” together for the last few weeks. It was written by Charles Sheldon, a man whose book is often associated with the social gospel movement. While some historians struggle over the significance of this work, it’s pretty plain how it fits this movement. The Social Gospel downplayed salvation and emphasized good works. What does your church do? What do you do?

I invited patrons of the show to listen early and then discuss their thoughts on this controversial book.

What did you think about the audiobook? Should I record other books this same way?

Discussion Questions:

  • Did you enjoy “In His Steps”? Why or why not?
  • How do you think women were portrayed in “In His Steps”?
  • What do you think about the Home Economics movement?
  • How did you see the social gospel in the book?
  • Is the book evangelistic? At which points? If not, why not?
  • Does Christian media need to be “heavy-handed”?

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