Williams traces how the church helped transmit a European-inflected artistic patronage that was adapted to the American scene by clergy and laity intent upon providing moral and aesthetic leadership for a society in flux. Episcopalian influence is most visible today in the churches, cathedrals, and elite boarding schools that stand in many cities and other locations, but Episcopalians also provided major support to the formation of stellar art collections, the performing arts, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Williams argues that Episcopalians thus helped smooth the way for acceptance of materiality in religious culture in a previously iconoclastic, Puritan-influenced society.
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With great elegance and wit, Peter Williams examines the profound influence Episcopalians had on the United States as it reached modernity. This immensely readable book, replete with telling humor, gives faith a very tangible dimension as it masterfully takes up the crucial subject of the impact of religion on American culture.--Anne Rose, Penn State University