Seeking God's Kingdom

The Nonconformist Social Gospel in Wales 1906–1939

Author(s) Robert Pope

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

Series: Bangor History of Religion

  • November 2015 · 224 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781783167821

About The Book

The years between 1906 and 1939 in Europe were characterized by a concern, expressed in political, economic, social and religious terms, about the social conditions which had resulted from more than a century of industrialization. Seeking God’s Kingdom examines the work of Welsh Nonconformity’s four main protagonists of social thinking: David Miall Edwards, Thomas Rees, Herbert Morgan and John Morgan Jones. It explores the ways in which they were influenced by European intellectual and philosophical ideas, showing how religion was reinterpreted by them to promote social improvement, and the book assesses the strengths and weaknesses of their approach. Archetypal theological liberals rather than specifically social gospellers, their conclusions were undermined towards the end of the period by changes and developments in the current of European religious thought. This is a comprehensive and fascinating study of liberal theology’s attempt to come to terms with the demands and challenges of an industrialized society.


1. Preface to the Second Edition
2. Discovering Jerusalem
3. Wales and the Social Gospel
4. A Crisis of Faith
5. The Question of Context


1.Preface to the Second Edition
2.Discovering Jerusalem
3.Wales and the Social Gospel
4.A Crisis of Faith
5.The Question of Context

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Robert Pope

Dr Robert Pope is Reader in Theology in the University of Wales: Trinity St David, based at Lampeter, Wales, UK.

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