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

Paperback | November 28, 2001

EditorMark A. Noll

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This collection of 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. Economicquestions figured regularly in preaching and pamphleteering, and convictions about money 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 broadercultural 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 pewrents and lotteries. Free-will offerings only came later and at first were used only for special causes, not operating expenses. Other essays look at the role of money and markets in the rise of Christian voluntary societies. Still others examine inter-denominational strife, documenting frequentaccusations that theological error led to the misuse of money and the arrogance of wealth. Taken together, the essays provide essential background to a relationship that continues to loom large and generate controversy in American religious communities.

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This collection of 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. Economicquestions figured regularly in preaching an...

Mark A. Noll is at Wheaton College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:November 28, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195148010

ISBN - 13:9780195148015

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"[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