A movement in the Anglican Church, consisting of F.D. Maurice (1805-1872), a theologian; Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), a novelist; and John Malcolm Ludlow (1821-1911), a lawyer, were churchmen who felt that the gospel had something to say to the working people of England. The leaders of Christian Socialism considered their movement to be a development of Christianity and believed that the Christian faith stood for a society that would enable men to work with one another, instead of against one another. Their practical results were limited. Their cooperative workshops were poorly organized an unduly optimistic about the role of laborers. Their greatest contribution was probably in the ideas that carried across the Atlantic to the United States.
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