New Book by Antonides Studies Impact of Social Gospel in Canada

January 1 st 1986

In Stones For Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy, Harry Antonides examines the roots of the social gospel movement, traces its development in Canada in thee arly part of this century, and discusses the impact it had—and is still having—on the main-line Canadian churches. Antonides shows that the social gospel was an attempt to apply Christianity to the social problems of the day, but that it in fact emptied the gospel of its basic biblical content and revised the task of the church into a shallow program for social and political reform. The same ideas that inspired the social gospel, argues the author, are behind the involvement of the mainline churches in social and political issues today. And because their emphasis, too, has shifted from the scriptural message of sin and salvation, their pronouncements differ little from those of the political Left. Antonides goes on to present a clear biblical view of the role of the church, and he issues a strong call for genuine Christian social action.

I believe this book may mark the beginning of a sound and effective stage in Canadian political theology. A wide range of Christian people ought to be able to endorse what Antonides is saying and get on with the task of exercising a godly influence in their beloved land." —from the foreword by Clark H. Pinnock, Professor of Theology, McMaster Divinity College.

Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.