John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel
Paul Terracini shares a book that deals with the social gospel and one of its leading proponents in 20th century Australia, the Anglican bishop of Armidale, New South Wales, from 1929 to 1964, John Moyes. It is an investigation and assessment of the career of Bishop Moyes as a study in Christian social engagement. It concerns his vision for the role of the church in society and his contribution to that effect.
John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel is not a biography of John Moyes. Neither is it an exhaustive history of the social gospel movement in Australia or anywhere else, although they both feature prominently throughout.
Bishop Moyes was a highly articulate public debater who participated in several of the critical episodes in Australian history during the 20th century. It is argued here that John Moyes made intelligent, prescient and compassionate contributions to many of the issues to which he turned his mind, but that, like most others before or since, he was unable to find a solution to the theological and moral challenges raised by the perceived threat to Australia's sovereignty during World War II. This book challenges the view that when national sovereignty is threatened, the Christian response must be to support the government's call to war.
Posted May 14, 2015 at 2:58 AM