Rocky Mountain Radical: Myron W. Reed, Christian Socialist by James A. Denton

By James A. Denton

This biography explores the lifetime of the yankee West's best Christian Socialist within the past due 19th century. Social, cultural, non secular, political, and exertions heritage are combined to seize Reed's arguable occupation as a preacher and reformer. founded in Denver, Colorado, Reed sought to create what he referred to as a "new community," God's country on the earth. His sermons and lectures predicted the federal administration of severe fiscal assets for the typical solid to assure everybody a "comfortable life." the preferred preacher tirelessly criticized exploitative capitalism and corrupt desktop politics and endorsed social justice, exertions reform, local American rights, women's suffrage, medical charity, and different explanations. In 1894, he championed hard work on the violent Cripple Creek strike and referred to as Jesus Christ an "anarchist," controversies that ended in his resignation from the prosperous First Congregational Church. At his subsequent pulpit, the nonsectarian Broadway Temple, he preached his Christian Socialism even more durable to the negative and churchless. After a long disorder, the fiery Reed died in 1899.

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Reed reminded the congregation that he preached a gospel that emphasized the present, not the afterlife; he encouraged people to believe in the new world to come.  .  .  .  His maiden sermon in Denver's First Congregational Church revealed his interests and his definition of the minister's task.  Inasmuch as these changes improved the human community, they confirmed the coming kingdom of God.  Almost everyone agreed that Reed's ability to cultivate loyal friends contributed enormously to his success as an outstanding preacher.

Hutchison has singled out Horace Bushnell (1802–1876) as the theologian who prepared the way for modernism in American Protestantism.  God was love and sought to save all people; God did not want to punish them. 43 As a seminary student in Chicago, Reed sometimes attended the Westminster Church where Swing preached to a congregation of approximately three hundred souls.  The First Congregational Church had only five articles of belief in its creed, which read as follows: (1) We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Being of absolute perfection, the Creator, Preserver and Governor of the universe, whose name is love; (2) And Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord and Savior, in whom through faith and repentance we have redemption and forgiveness of our sins and life everlasting; (3) And in the Holy Spirit, through Whom we are renewed and sanctified, by whose inspiration the Scriptures are given to men; Who, with the Father and the Son, is supremely to be loved and adored; (4) And in Divine retribution, through which shall be to every man as his work shall be; (5) And in one church on earth and in heaven, and in one communion of the body and blood of Christ, and in the life immortal.

They searched for a better way to realize the American Dream than by a capitalism that exploited people, glorified materialism, and dehumanized work with a technology that "mechanized" the worker so that she/he could be discarded as easily as a worn­out gear. Sometimes they proclaimed their message through Populism, sometimes through Socialism, and sometimes through proposals for cooperative industries and colonies.  The institutions of charity, politics, organized labor, and Christian Socialism could serve as vehicles to hasten the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth.

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