Compare and contrast the "gospel of wealth and the "social gospel".

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

These two philosophies from the Gilded Age really have very little in common.  To the extent that they do have anything in common, it is the desire to help improve society.  Both philosophies did want to do that.

Beyond that, the ways they went about it were very different.  The Gospel of Wealth argued that the rich were the people who were best qualified to tell society how it should be run because they were the most successful people.  Therefore, they should use their money to help society, but they should do it in their own way.

By contrast, the Social Gospel argued that the rich must be reined in.  It argued that all Christians needed to help the poor and protect them against the rich.  The Social Gospel argued that all people should eventually unite as one and that the rich were no better than the poor.

Yojana_Thapa | Student

"Gospel of wealth"

- It was promoted by Andrew Carnegie

- It expressed the belief that. as guardians of society's wealth, the rich have a duty to serve the society.

- Carnegie himself donated more than $350 million to support public libraries....school

"Social Gospel"

- It was a reform movement based on the belief that Christians have a responsibility to confront social problems. Christians ministers were among the leaders