New book is about ‘John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel’

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Paul Terracini’s debut publication examines Christian social engagements, its political implications

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KATOOMBA, Australia – “If God’s greatest gift is the gift of life, then it far outweighs any political ideology or religious allegiance that demands the taking of it.” This is one of many moral dilemmas critically assessed by author Paul Terracini in his debut publication, “John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel” (published by Xlibris AU).

The Anglican bishop of Armidale, New South Wales, from 1929-1964, John Moyes, was a highly articulate public debater who participated in several of the critical episodes in Australian history during the twentieth century. He made intelligent, prescient and compassionate contributions to many of the issues to which he turned his mind, but like most others before or since, he was unable to find a solution to the theological and moral challenges raised by the perceived threat to Australia’s sovereignty during World War II. This book challenges, among other things, the view that when national sovereignty is threatened, the Christian response must be to support the government’s call to war.

Through his examination of the history of the Social Gospel, Terracini is able to address its influence on the historical and political events of the past; highlighting its successes and failures. Bishop Moyes provides the perfect vehicle with which to assess the morality and practicality of the Social Gospel, since his career spanned its period of greatest influence in Australia.

“John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel”
By Paul Terracini
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 312 pages | ISBN 9781503504660
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 312 pages | ISBN 9781503504653
E-Book | 312 pages | ISBN 9781503504646
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Paul Terracini (B.Thl., B.A. Honours, Ph.D.) has had an international career as a composer, arranger, conductor and instrumentalist, as well as holding a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Sydney. His music has been heard all over the world in a variety of guises, from classical concerts to film and television. Australian by birth, he has held permanent positions in Australia and Denmark and has worked as a guest in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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