Lyman Abbott (December 18, 1835 – October 22, 1922) was an American Congregationalist theologian, editor, and author. He was the editor of The Christian Union and later The Outlook, and he was a leading figure in the Social Gospel movement. Abbott was a prolific writer, and he authored over 150 books and pamphlets. He was also a popular speaker, and he traveled widely to lecture on religious and social issues.
Abbott was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1835. He graduated from Yale College in 1856 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1859. He was ordained as a Congregational minister in 1860, and he served as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Terre Haute, Indiana, from 1860 to 1865.
In 1865, Abbott became the editor of The Christian Union, a religious magazine. He held this position until 1881, when he became the editor of The Outlook. Under Abbott's leadership, The Christian Union and The Outlook became influential voices in the Social Gospel movement. The Social Gospel movement was a Protestant movement that sought to apply Christian principles to social problems such as poverty, inequality, and labor exploitation.
Abbott was a prolific writer, and he authored over 150 books and pamphlets. His most famous work is probably The Evolution of Christianity (1897), which traces the development of Christianity from its earliest days to the present. Abbott also wrote extensively on social issues, and he was a leading advocate for women's rights, labor reform, and world peace.
Abbott was a popular speaker, and he traveled widely to lecture on religious and social issues. He was a gifted orator, and he was able to connect with people from all walks of life. Abbott was also a skilled debater, and he often clashed with conservative theologians and politicians.
Abbott died in 1922 at the age of 86. He is remembered as a leading figure in the Social Gospel movement and as a gifted writer and speaker. He was also a controversial figure, and he was often criticized for his liberal views.
Lyman Abbott's philosophy was based on the belief that Christianity had a responsibility to address social problems and to promote social justice. He was a strong advocate for religious tolerance and for the idea of a "Christian evolution." Abbott was a prolific writer and speaker, and he helped to shape the religious and social landscape of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is remembered as a leading figure in the Social Gospel movement and as a gifted writer and speaker.
Books by Lyman Abbott
The Parables of Jesus Christ, retold and interpreted for the modern reader. Lyman Abbott's The Parables is a collection of the parables of Jesus Christ, retold and interpreted for the modern reader. Abbott was a leading figure in the Social Gospel m...