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God's businessmen : entrepreneurial evangelicals in Depression and war

Author: Sarah Ruth Hammond; Darren Dochuk
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Hammond, Sarah Ruth, 1977-2011.
God's businessmen.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017009043
(OCoLC)975986256
Named Person: R G LeTourneau; Herbert John Taylor; R G LeTourneau; Herbert John Taylor
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Ruth Hammond; Darren Dochuk
ISBN: 9780226509808 022650980X
OCLC Number: 1006384940
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.
Responsibility: Sarah Ruth Hammond ; edited by Darren Dochuk.

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"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.

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