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The Reverend Mark Matthews: An Activist in the Progressive Era

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by Dale E. Soden
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The Reverend Mark Matthews: An Activist in the Progressive Era by Dale E. Soden

When the Reverend Mark Allison Matthews died in February 1940, thousands of mourners gathered at a Seattle church to pay their final respects. The Southern-born Presbyterian came to Seattle in 1902. He quickly established himself as a city leader and began building a congregation that was eventually among the nation??s largest, with nearly 10,000 members. Throughout his career, he advocated Social Christianity, a blend of progressive reform and Christian values, as a blueprint for building a morally righteous community.

In telling Matthews??s story, Dale Soden presents Matthews??s multiple facets: a Southern-born, fundamentalist proponent of the Social Gospel; a national leader during the tumultuous years of schism within the American Presbyterian church; a social reformer who established day-care centers, kindergartens, night classes, and soup kitchens; a colorful figure who engaged in highly public and heated disputes with elected officials. Much of the controversy that surrounded Matthews centered on the proper relationship between church and state ??" an issue that is still hotly debated.

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Pages: 288
Size: 23.0 MB
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Date published:   2013
ISBN: 9780295803432 (DRM-PDF)

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