A liberal minister
His was an active member of the Comité Libéral. He was considered as an extreme left-wing theologian and the religious community of which he was in charge almost grew into an independent church. His numerous writings on spirituality are those of an independent mystic, typical of liberal Protestantism. The illness and death of his son inspired his L’Âme des choses.
(The soul of things) and L’Ami. La vie simple ( The Friend. The simple life), published in 1895 was a big success. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt invited him for a triumphant tour of the United States, and to the White House.
With the funds collected in France and the United States, Charles Wagner founded the parish of Le Foyer de l’Ame , rue Duval ( rue du Pasteur Wagner from 1924) in Paris. The church seats 1200, proof of his reputation as a preacher.
In 1906, together with Wilfred Monod, he was the instigator of the Assembly of Jarnac, where his plea for unity resulted in the Union nationale des Eglises réformées (National Union of Reformed Churches) of which he was named honorary Chairman.
Progress towards unity
At the beginning of the 20th century, the need for unity was felt by different churches, and eventually led to the foundation of the Fédération protestante de France in 1905.
Eugène Ménégoz (1838-1921)
Tommy Fallot (1844-1904)
Since his youth, Tommy Fallot had always been shocked by the protestant Church’s lack of interest in social issues (perhaps this may have been due to the fact that at the end of the XIXth century, there were many conflicting opinions). Nonetheless, when he grew up, he became a pastor and was a founder member of the great “Christian Socialist” movement.
Wilfred Monod (1867-1943)
Albert Réville (1826-1906)
Auguste Sabatier (1839-1901)