Salvation in the Slums

Salvation in the Slums

by Norris Magnuson, Beverly Magnuson


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Did advocates of the social gospel carry the burden of humanitarian aid during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? Were evangelicals content merely to maintain the status quo and avoid ameliorating the plight of the needy?

Focusing upon the period from the Civil War to about 1920, this study attempts to portray the sizeable body of Christians whose extensive welfare activities and concern sprang similarly from their passion for evangelism and personal holiness, writes the author. He meticulously traces the urban welfare activities of the Salvation Army, the Volunteers of America, the Christian Missionary and Alliance, multiple rescue missions and homes, and the religious journal 'Christian Herald'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592449972
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/09/2004
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Norris A. Magnuson graduated summa cum laude from Bethel College (BA) and Seminary (BD), now Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. At the University of Minnesota he earned an MA in Library Science (1961) and a PhD in History (1968), studying under Dr. Timothy L. Smith, author of the companion volume, Revivalism and Social Reform. Dr. Magnuson had a distinguished 38 year career at Bethel Theological Seminary where he served as Professor of Church History and Library Director. On retiring in 1997 he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. Other published works include Missionsskola (a history of Bethel Theological Seminary), American Evangelicalism: An Annotated Bibliography (with Dr. William G. Travis), and numerous journal articles in the New 20th-Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

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