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Religion, Art, and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression

Peter W. Williams


This cultural history of mainline Protestantism and American cities--most notably, New York City--focuses on rich, city-dwelling Episcopalians and what they did with their money. Peter Williams argues that such Episcopalians, many of them the most successful of industrialists and financiers, through their participation in major aesthetic and social welfare endeavors left a deep and lasting mark on American urban culture. Their sense of public responsibility derived from a sacramental theology that legitimized the material realm as a vehicle for religious experience and moral formation. William ... More

Keywords: Protestantism, Episcopal Church, New York City, Material religion, Anglo-Catholicism, Arts and Crafts Movement, Phillips Brooks, Ralph Adams Cram, Ritualism, Gilded Age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626970
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter W. Williams, author