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Title: Social concern in the Church of England, as revealed in its pronouncements on social and economic matters, especially during the years 1880-1940
Author: Jones, Frank William
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1968
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Social Justice was , from the first , central to Christianity , as it had been to prophetic teaching. By the Middle Ages , all such matters as might call for its being invoked - trade, industry, commerce - had become the concern of the Church. But, in consequence of changes , religious and secular, these matters slipped from its jurisdiction , so that, by the mid-17th century, the Church had abandoned all claim to be concerned in them. The new outlook of the 19th century , however, especially as reflected in the writings of S. T. Coleridge and Robert Southey, brought a renewed insistence upon the National Church ' s intimate concernment in social and industrial matters . The teaching was propagated by the first and second Christian Socialist movements , and much fortified by the enlightened attitude towards Socialism taken by the Lambeth Conference of 1888 . The ensuing wave of socialism, the crest of which was the Pan-Anglican Conference of 1908 , brought in its train a vigorous movement for a greater measure of social justice for the weaker classes . This is traced through the Convocations , t he Congresses , the work of reformers , to its culmination in the Fifth Report of the Archbishops ' Commission , in 1918; and, subsequently, during the inter-war years , in these and the proceedings of the Church Assembly , and elsewhere , until 1940. By that time , a new orientation of the Church' s social concern had become due , and , by 1945 , in consequence of the social revolution , inevitable
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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