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Friends of the Unrighteous MammonNorthern Christians and Market Capitalism, 1815-1860$
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Stewart Davenport

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226137063

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226137087.001.0001

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Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon

Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon

(p.213) Conclusion Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon
Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon
University of Chicago Press

The utilitarian clerical economists were all educators with a cosmic and national point of view, and an overriding desire for intellectual and social stability. The contrarians were self-styled social outsiders and intellectual gadflies who cared more about the unwavering principles of their faith than the practical outcomes of their actions, adhering to a rigid biblical deontology of Christian humanitarianism and concern for the poor. And the pastoral moralists, for their part, were all ministers who cared most about the state of their parishioners' souls as they attempted to navigate the ethical ambiguities of a market-capitalist economy. Ambiguity would be a central and abiding theme here and not just for the pastoral moralists. Ethical responses to capitalism have continued and over the past 200 years normative musings about life in capitalism's “iron cage” have taken a similar tripartite form.

Keywords:   clerical economists, educators, social stability, contrarians, humanitarianism, pastoral moralists, capitalism

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