Kirby Page

1890-1957. Social evangelist and author. Born in Texas, he was a Disciples of Christ minister who, after service with the YMCA in World War I and a brief term as pastor in New York City, turned to writing and lecturing to combat what he assumed were society's ills: war and capitalism. In addition to many tracts and articles, he wrote such books as Christianity and Social Problems (1921); War-Its Causes, Consequences, and Cure (1923); and Jesus and Christianity (1929). Pacifist and socialist, he represented many Protestants in the 1919-41 period, notably those who had been disillusioned by the Versailles Treaty and modern industrialism. The rise of Neoorthodoxy* and welfare capitalism in the 1930s, however, left Page with an ever-diminishing audience.