Prof. Christopher Evans (’85) speaks on The Social Gospel: The Heart of Progressive Christianity

Professor of History of Christianity and Methodist Studies Christopher Evans was the featured speaker for the May 5, 2024 The Forum at St. Bart’s episode produced by St. Bartholomew’s Church New York. During this talk, he spoke about the late 19th century and early 20th century Christianity in America and how the Social Gospel movement continues to shape American Christianity through today.

“If I were to summarize the Social Gospel as a historical movement,” began Prof. Evans, “it came into being largely through the circumstances of industrialization, the changes that were taking place in the United States with immigration, with the wealth inequalities that were being exacerbated by industrial capitalism.”