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  1. Shawn Shawn says:

    In Stewart Davenport’s Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon Northern Christians and Market Capitalism 1815 1860 he examines the tensions created by the development of market capitalism in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century Specifically Davenport analyzes the tension between the capitalist system and Christian ethics felt by both scholars and theologians of the time 2 He centers his study geographically on the rapidly developing Northern section of the United States and purposely ignores the Southern half Davenport brings to light some of the major theologically and socio economic thinkers and educators who were prevalent in that debate He categorizes these individuals into three groups “clerical economists “contrarians and “pastoral moralists” 8 In the process Davenport examines “das Adam Smith problem as it was later called which looked the apparent lack of connection between two of Adam Smith’s writings Inuiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments 28 Davenport sufficiently examines what he calls “clerical economists” These men were giants in the field of political economics who represented a pro capitalist force which was forged in theology but thoroughly embracing the secular ideas originating in Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations In addition to these concepts these leaders grounded their science in Scottish common sense and natural philosophies 37 Among these leaders Davenport highlights Francis Weyland of Brown University and John McVickar of Columbia University among others Davenport contends that these clerical economists intended to meld capitalist principles with Christian values stating “the clerical economists wanted to accomplish two main objectives to explain how God was still part of the developing market economy andthis market economy was good for America”51 The focus of the clerical economists was the greater good They believed that capitalism provided for nations and their people however the working class which Davenport contends was of little concern to the clerical economists could suffer greatly under this system 103 While Davenport contends that there was popular sentiment regarding the clerical economists he spends a great deal of time on their dissenters Davenport examines the “contrarians such as Stephen Colwell and Orestes Brownson Davenport makes clear that both Brownson and Colwell spoke out against the capitalist system of the day often calling upon the New Testament to demonstrate the conflict between capitalist desires for wealth and the teachings of Jesus 113 Davenport points to the contrarians’ argument which stemmed from the New Testament asking how can man serve a pursuit of wealth and also love thy neighbor The third group Davenport examines is what he referred to as the “pastoral moralists Davenport carefully selects eleven religious individuals who were “first and foremost” men of God 172 As leaders of various churches throughout the North East including Unitarian Calvinist and Episcopal sects these men represented a group of individuals argues Davenport which was seeking to help Christians maintain their faithfulness to God and be capitalists as well Reviewers of his book speak to the scarceness of scholarly research dealing with the time period and content; however generally commend Davenport’s work The time in which Davenport elaborates on “das Adam Smith Problem” detracts from the historical analysis of the time and while important could have been concise in this area Davenport does an effective job summarizing many of the core arguments of both pro capitalist Christians as well as anti capitalist Christians especially for those unfamiliar with the material Additionally he does a nice job illuminating early American Christian thought about the rapidly changing economic system of the first half of the nineteenth century

  2. Tim Tim says:

    Davenport's intellectual history of the receipt of Smith's vision of capitalism frankly demonstrates the shallowness of American Christian thought on this topic in the antebellum period The clerical economists teaching moral philosophy and ethics accepted Smith without critiue aiming for national greatness and the hope that acceptance of its naturalness in the wake of Newton and Enlightenment thought would lend weight to the naturalness of Christian belief The contrarians critiued capitalism but from positions outside of influence though Davenport does note the potential influence of Brownson on the election of 1840 The last group Davenport examines the pastoral moralists were not interested or capable of critiuing the system of capitalism as it developed instead they sought to direct behavior within it A solid read but the lack of creative or deep responses to economic developments makes it depressing to me

  3. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:

    Very fine review of economic thinking in the antebellum North Capitalism was just making it into the big time and it is very interesting to see how different groups of Christians grappled with the problem created by massive amounts of new wealth

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Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon ❴Reading❵ ➿ Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon Author Stewart Davenport – What did Protestants in America think about capitalism when capitalism was first something to be thought about The Bible told antebellum Christians that they could not serve both God and mammon but in What did Protestants in America think about capitalism the Unrighteous PDF É when capitalism was first something to be thought about The Bible told antebellum Christians that they could not serve both God and mammon but in the midst of the market revolution most of them simultaneously held on to their faith while working furiously to make a place for themselves in a changing economic landscape In Friends of the Unrighteous Mammom Stewart Davenport explores this paradoxical partnership of transcendent religious values and earthly pragmatic objectives ultimately concluding that religious and ethical commitments rather than political or social forces Friends of Kindle - shaped responses to market capitalism in the northern states in the antebellum periodDrawing on diverse primary sources Davenport identifies three distinct Christian responses to market capitalism assurance from clerical economists who believed in the righteousness of economic development; opposition from contrarians who resisted the changes around them; and adaptation by the pastoral moralists who modified their faith to meet the ethical challenges of the changing economy Delving into the minds of antebellum Christians as they considered themselves their God and their developing American economy Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon is an ambitious intellectual history of an of the Unrighteous eBook ☆ important development in American religious and economic life.

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon
  • Stewart Davenport
  • English
  • 06 September 2015
  • 9780226137063