Title: The Reverend Mark Matthews -- (SIGNED by ...
Publisher: University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Hard Cover -- VG/VG -- SIGNED by author -- Book and dust jacket are clean and bright with only slightest wear. 274 pages with index and section of illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 300574
Synopsis: When the Reverend Mark Allison Matthews died in February 1940, thousands of mourners gathered at a Seattle church to pay their final respects. The Southern-born Presbyterian came to Seattle in 1902. He quickly established himself as a city leader and began building a congregation that was eventually among the nation's largest, with nearly 10,000 members. Throughout his career, he advocated Social Christianity, a blend of progressive reform and Christian values, as a blueprint for building a morally righteous community.
In telling Matthews's story, Dale Soden presents Matthews's multiple facets: a Southern-born, fundamentalist proponent of the Social Gospel; a national leader during the tumultuous years of schism within the American Presbyterian church; a social reformer who established day-care centers, kindergartens, night classes, and soup kitchens; a colorful figure who engaged in highly public and heated disputes with elected officials. Much of the controversy that surrounded Matthews centered on the proper relationship between church and state -- an issue that is still hotly debated.
"For much of the first half of the 20th century, Mark Matthews was a vigorous and dominant figure in Seattle and the Northwest, playing a civic role well beyond that of pastor of the city's largest church. Historian Dale Soden deftly portrays the man, his growing city, and a social influence that reached a national scope."--Charles P. LeWarne, author of Utopias on Puget Sound, 1885-1915
"As Dale E. Soden Shows, the Reverend Mark A. Matthews's concerted efforts to create a 'righteous community' out of wide-open Seattle led to over three decades of religious/political jousting. This balanced biography of one of the most colorful western clerics of the early twentieth century provides a welcome addition to both religious history and the history of the Pacific Northwest." - Ferenc Szasz, University of New Mexico
Dale Soden is professor of history at Whitworth College, Spokane.
A biography of a colorful and controversial Presbyterian minister who played a significant public role in Seattle from 1900 to 1940.
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