Summary of The Blessings of Business

How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity

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The relationship forged by businessmen and evangelical Christians has magnified their power in the US and globally.

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Fundamentalist evangelical Christianity surged to prominence from the depths of the Great Depression, as wealthy evangelical Christian businessmen established training centers and networks combining adherence to free-market capitalist principles with “biblical fundamentalism.” With financial support from these businessmen, evangelists built powerful international movements. As professor Darren E. Grem discusses, evangelicals in business practiced and promoted not only old-time religion, but also racial discrimination and gender inequity. They helped the political careers of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Today, evangelicalism remains a force in the business, political and geopolitical sectors. getAbstract recommends this detailed overview to students of US history, politics and business.

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  • How Christian fundamentalism influenced some of the 20th century’s most prominent US businessmen,
  • How business leaders shaped evangelical Christianity, and
  • How evangelical Christianity achieved political and geopolitical influence.
 

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“The Ark of LeTourneau”

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1952, famous evangelist Billy Graham prayed for God’s blessing on a 200-foot-long cargo ship headed to Liberia loaded with New Testaments, missionaries and heavy equipment. The shipper was R.G. LeTourneau, a wealthy manufacturer who’d received development rights for half a million acres of Liberian land. Local Mississippi folk dubbed the ship the Ark of LeTourneau.

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About the Author

Darren E. Grem is assistant professor of history and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi.


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