A panacea; a scheme to bring about some promised reform; a beau
ideal. Of course the theological word is the Anglo-Saxon godspell,
i.e. God and spel (a story), a translation of the Greek evangelion, the good story.
“Mr. Carnegie's gospel is the very thing for the transition period
from social heathendom to social Christianity.” —Nineteenth
Century (March, 1891, p. 380).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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