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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Dangerous Aid of The Salvation Army

I have said on several occasions, to the consternation of some of my fellow denominationalists, that if I am a socialist (and I am) I learned my socialism not from reading Karl Marx, but from reading the Hebrew prophets, and the Gospels and from the founder and first General of The Salvation Army, William Booth. Often this provokes sneers of derision and snorts of disbelief, "the Salvation Army is NOT a socialist organization" I am told.

And perhaps it isn't any more but early on in its history The Salvation Army was certainly moving in that direction. I found the following quotation from the co-author of the Communist Manifesto in my reading today:


  1. Engels might have found The Salvation Army dangerous, but he was also against religion, and The Salvation Army promotes it.

    1. I think what he means to say is that the Army's help was dangerous to the wealthy class, in that it encouraged and empowered the poor.

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