Social Darwinsim vs Social Gospel

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The ideas of Social Darwinism and Social Gospel were a form of justification brought on by Americans in the late 1800s and 1900s. Social Darwinism was created by using Charles Darwin's theory of natural evolution and natural selection, 'the survival of the fittest'. Social Gospel was a moral reform movement promoted by Protestant clergy such as Walter Rauschenbusch and Washington Gladden. It was a liberal movement within the American Protestantism that applied to biblical teachings and Christian ethics to a variation of social and industrialization problems. Especially issues of social justice such as economic inequality, poverty, crime, racial tensions, child labor, inadequate labor unions, poor schools, and the danger of war. For Social Darwinism, wealth, social status, and property indicated a persons fitness to survive.While Social Gospel taught its followers to push for political reforms, while followers of social Darwinism disapproved of anything that the government did to help protect the weak. Due to Darwinism, poor people were seen as lazy, inferior, and less fit to survive. It appealed to the Protestant work ethic that anyone could prosper with hard work, intelligence, and perseverance. It supported the idea of laissez-faire policies of which the government should not regulate the marketplace or attempt social reform. Where as Social Gospel addressed excesses of industrialization and urbanization. Since it had a profound impact on churches and nonprofit organizations, it believed that Christians should work to improve social conditions for the poor, and the sick. Social Gospel taught its followers that it is a person's duty to help others in need. Inspired by the miracles of Jesus Christ, they believed that the Kingdom of God would appear on earth, and that the faithful should work to achieve it. They preached for salvation through work for social justice.
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