The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism
By Timothy Gloege
326 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3343-5
Published: February 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2102-9
Published: April 2015
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Conservative evangelicalism and modern business grew symbiotically, transforming the ways that Americans worshipped, worked, and consumed. Gilded Age evangelicals initially understood themselves primarily as new "Christian workers"--employees of God guided by their divine contract, the Bible. But when these ideas were put to revolutionary ends by Populists, corporate evangelicals reimagined themselves as savvy religious consumers and reformulated their beliefs. Their consumer-oriented "orthodoxy" displaced traditional creeds and undermined denominational authority, forever altering the American religious landscape. Guaranteed pure of both liberal theology and Populist excesses, this was a new form of old-time religion not simply compatible with modern consumer capitalism but uniquely dependent on it.
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Timothy Gloege is an independent scholar living in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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"Eminently readable and frequently brilliant."--Christianity Today
“A significant contribution to the historiographical wrangling over the character of American evangelism.”--American Historical Review
“A first-rate book that deserves close scholarly attention.”--Review and Expositor
“Draws fascinating connections between business and religion throughout.”--Business History Review
"American church history fans will relish this work."--Library Journal
“In this significant, thought-provoking work, Gloege traces the rise of Evangelicalism after the Civil War.”--CHOICE
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