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God's Businessmen

Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Depression and War

Sarah Ruth Hammond

God's Businessmen

Sarah Ruth Hammond

Edited by Darren Dochuk
240 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226509778 Will Publish November 2017
E-book $45.00 ISBN: 9780226509808 Will Publish November 2017
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.
Contents
Editorial Note
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
Depression
1. R. G. LeTourneau’s Prosperity Gospel
2. Herbert J. Taylor, Rotarian Fundamentalist
3. Corporate Christianity’s Civil Activism
War
4. The Wartime Vision of Laymen’s Evangelism
5. The Wartime Consolidation of Laymen’s Evangelism
Conclusion

Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Kevin M. Kruse, author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America
“Well-researched and well-argued, God’s Businessmen builds well on the recent literature on the intersection of religion, business, and politics and advances the field in important new directions. Equally well-written, it will appeal not just to interested academics but to educated general audiences as well. It is, in short, a triumph.”
Barry G. Hankins, author of Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President
God’s Businessmen adjusts our view of twentieth-century evangelicalism, helping move the story toward lay leaders and away from just the preachers and evangelists. Moreover, the book complements other recent scholarship in showing how naturally and easily conservative and mainline Protestantism became wedded to conservative economics and politics.”
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