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Author Hammond, Sarah Ruth, 1977-2011, author

Title God's businessmen : entrepreneurial evangelicals in Depression and war / Sarah Ruth Hammond ; edited by Darren Dochuk
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 228 pages)
Contents Depression. R.G. LeTourneau's prosperity gospel -- Herbert J. Taylor, Rotarian fundamentalist -- Corporate Christianity's civil activism -- War. The wartime vision of laymen's evangelism -- The wartime consolidation of laymen's evangelism
Summary "The evangelical embrace of conservatism is a familiar feature of the contemporary political landscape. What's less well-known, however, is that the connection predates the Reagan revolution, going all the way back to the Depression and World War II. Evangelical businessmen at the time were quite active in opposing the New Deal--on both theological and economic grounds--and in doing so claimed a place alongside other conservatives in the public sphere. Like previous generations of devout laymen, they self-consciously merged their religious and business lives, financing and organizing evangelical causes with the kind of visionary pragmatism that they practiced in the boardroom. In God's Businessmen, Sarah Ruth Hammond explores not only these men's personal trajectories but also those of the service clubs and other institutions that, like them, believed that businessmen were God's instrument for the Christianization of the world. Hammond presents a capacious portrait of the relationship between the evangelical business community and the New Deal--and in doing so makes important contributions to American religious history, business history, and the history of the American state."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-221) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed December 4, 2017)
Subject LeTourneau, R. G. (Robert Gilmour), 1888-1969
Taylor, Herbert John, 1893-1978
LeTourneau, R. G. (Robert Gilmour), 1888-1969.
Taylor, Herbert John, 1893-1978.
Business -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches
Capitalism -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches
Christianity -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Evangelicalism -- Economic aspects -- United States
Evangelicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- General.
Business -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
Capitalism -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
United States -- History -- 1933-1945
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Dochuk, Darren, editor
ISBN 022650980X (electronic bk.)
9780226509808 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alkaline paper)
(hardcover ; alkaline paper)