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By Mark A. Noll

This number of all new essays by way of top historians deals a detailed examine the connections among American Protestants and cash within the Antebellum interval. through the first a long time of the hot American country, cash was once all over at the minds of church leaders and plenty of in their fans. financial questions figured usually in preaching and pamphleteering, they usually contributed drastically to perceptions of morality either private and non-private. in reality, cash used to be continually a non secular query. accordingly, argue the authors of those essays, it really is very unlikely to appreciate broader cultural advancements of the period--including political developments--without contemplating faith and economics jointly. In God and Mammon, numerous essays research the ways that the church buildings raised cash after the tip of multinational positioned a cease to kingdom investment, resembling the gathering of pew rents, lotteries, and free-will choices, which merely got here later and firstly have been used just for benevolent reasons. different essays examine the position of cash and markets within the upward push of Christian voluntary societies. nonetheless others study the inter-denominational strife, documenting widespread accusations that theological errors ended in the misuse of cash and the confidence of wealth. Taken jointly, the essays offer crucial historical past to a topic that maintains to loom huge and generate controversy within the Protestant neighborhood in the USA.

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Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1966), chap. ” 56. On the movement’s typicality, see especially Ruth Alden Doan, The Miller Heresy, Millennialism, and American Culture (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987). 57. On that merchandising, see especially Hatch, Democratization, 145. 58. On the antiformalism, see Richard Bushman, Joseph Smith and the Beginning of Mormonism (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984); on the formalism, see Jan Shipps, Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1985).

Frederica Bremer, The Homes of the New World (from a visit in 1849–1851), quoted in Pachter and Wein, Abroad in America, 123. 4. Achille Murat, A Moral and Political Sketch of the United States of North America (1832), quoted in Milton B. , The Voluntary Church: American Religious Life, 1740–1860, Seen Through the Eyes of European Visitors (New York: Macmillan, 1967), 50. 5. James Dixon, Methodism in America (1848–49), quoted in Powell, Voluntary Church, 174. 6. Pavel Svin’in, A Picturesque Voyage through North America (1815), quoted in Pachter and Wein, Abroad in America, 16.

By examining Thompson’s more general stance toward Methodism, Hempton and Walsh show how much Thompson has stimulated historical inquiry but also how far short Thompson (and, by implication, his imitators) have fallen from recording a full, reliable history of Protestants and the economy in the early modern period. These historiographical chapters conclude that, for all their brilliance, the major statements by Sellers and Thompson fail to present a convincing general picture of the pertinent religious-economic relationships.

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