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In Pursuit of the Almighty's Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism

In Pursuit of the Almighty's Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism

by James Hudnut-Beumler


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Every day of the week in contemporary America (and especially on Sundays) people raise money for their religious enterprises—for clergy, educators, buildings, charity, youth-oriented work, and more. In a fascinating look into the economics of American Protestantism, James Hudnut-Beumler examines how churches have raised and spent money from colonial times to the present and considers what these practices say about both religion and American culture.

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ISBN-13: 9780807883037
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 526
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

James Hudnut-Beumler is dean of the divinity school and Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Vanderbilt University. He is author or coauthor of three other books, including Looking for God in the Suburbs: The Religion of the American Dream and Its Critics, 1945@-1965.

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Prologue: Sunday Morning 1750     1
Paying for God: The Genesis of an American Institution, 1800-1860     6
Capital Ideas: Building American Churches, 1750-1860     32
Reinventing the Tithe and Discovering Stewardship, 1870-1920     47
Paying the Clergy: Officials, Professionals, or Servants?     76
Stewardship in Crisis and Technique in Ascendancy, 1920-1945     97
Changing the Nature of the Firm: From Institutional to Consumer Churches     132
Churches Expanding in All Directions, 1945-1980     150
Ministers' Wives: A View from the Side of Labor     187
In America You Can Have as Much Religion as You Can Pay For, 1980 to the Present     199
Epilogue     288
Ministerial Support in the Methodist Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church, 1880-2000     231
Historical Price Series Conversion Scale     236
Notes     239
Index     261

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