The Dawn stands for Christian Socialism. By this we mean the spirit of the Socialism of the New Testament and of the New Testament church. In man's relations to God, Jesus Christ preached an individual gospel; accordingly, in their relations to God, Christ's disciples must be individualists. In man's relations to man, Jesus Christ preached a social gospel; accordingly, in these relations, his disciples must be socialists.
ONE of the outstanding facts distinguishing the 1890's from the previous decade of social-gospel development was a marked change in attitude toward socialism. Unanimously rejected in the 'eighties, socialism nevertheless served as a powerful stimulus to the socializing of Christianity. In the last years of the century, however, its aims and program were examined with distinctly less hostility, much good was found in them, and an appreciable number of clergymen embraced a Christianized version of socialism as the ideal formulation of the religious social goal. This phenomenon was an integral part of the strivings of an age believing in evolution, in an organic society and in social salvation, and that was coming to appreciate the significance of environment and the power of organization.
Although Jesse Henry Jones had declared in 1875 that Christ's kingdom possessed two "wings" -- individual regeneration and social reorganization -- nearly two decades passed before this view reappeared in a refined form that reflected a better understanding of social forces. Individual regeneration alone is not enough, wrote the Reverend C. M. Morse in the Methodist Review in 1891: to be socially effective conversion must be to an ethical, socialized religion. The participation of Christians in war, slavery, and sharp business practices is evidence enough that faith in Jesus alone will not change society. If every individual in the United States were "regenerated" in an hour, asserted Morse, not a single reform in the industrial