God and Mammon: Protestants, Money, and the Market, 1790-1860

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Overview


This collection of all new essays by leading historians offers a close look at the connections between American Protestants and money in the Antebellum period. During the first decades of the new American nation, money was everywhere on the minds of church leaders and many of their followers. Economic questions figured regularly in preaching and pamphleteering, and they contributed greatly to perceptions of morality both public and private. In fact, money was always a religious question. For this reason, argue the authors of these essays, it is impossible to understand broader cultural developments of the period--including political developments--without considering religion and economics together. In God and Mammon, several essays examine the ways in which the churches raised money after the end of establishment put a stop to state funding, such as the collection of pew rents, lotteries, and free-will offerings, which only came later and at first were used only for benevolent purposes. Other essays look at the role of money and markets in the rise of Christian voluntary societies. Still others examine the inter-denominational strife, documenting frequent accusations that theological error led to the misuse of money and the arrogance of wealth. Taken together, the essays provide essential background to an issue that continues to loom large and generate controversy in the Protestant community in America.
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"....The sometimes contradictory positions taken by Protestants make for some of the most fascinating and instructive reading in this very important book....God and Mammon is and will be an irreplaceable resource."--Books and Culture (March/April, 2003)

"[M]ark Noll has brought together contributions from several talented authors who explore the relationship between Protestantism and capitalism in the formation of American culture. The essays are well crafted and insightful, offering unique perspectives on the development of what is perhaps the most misunderstood yet influential of American cultural amalgams-the confluence of Protestant ethics and market values."-- ournal of Church and State

"[T]his book connects religious history and business history in important and constructive ways. Religion, after all, matters much in affairs of the purse."--Business History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195148015
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Wheaton College
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Pt. I Contexts
1 Introduction 3
2 Protestants and the American Economy in the Postcolonial Period: An Overview 30
3 Charles Sellers, the Market Revolution, and the Shaping of Identity in Whig-Jacksonian America 54
4 Charles Sellers's "Antinomians" and "Arminians": Methodists and the Market Revolution 75
5 E. P. Thompson and Methodism 99
Pt. II Finance and the Expansion of American Protestantism
6 A Tale of Preachers and Beggars: Methodism and Money in the Great Age of Transatlantic Expansion, 1780-1830 123
7 Benevolent Capital: Financing Evangelical Book Publishing in Early Nineteenth-century America 147
8 Philadelphia Presbyterians, Capitalism, and the Morality of Economic Success 171
Pt. III The Economics of Sectional Strife and Revival
9 Trauma in Methodism: Property, Church Schism, and Sectional Polarization in Antebellum America 195
10 "A Mere Calculation of Profits and Loss": The Southern Clergy and the Economic Culture of the Antebellum North 217
11 "Turning ... Piety into Hard Cash": The Marketing of Nineteenth-century Revivalism 236
Pt. IV General Perspectives
12 Protestant Reasoning about Money and the Economy, 1790-1860: A Preliminary Probe 265
13 Afterword 296
Index 303
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