Church and Estate
Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia
By (author) Thomas F. Rzeznik
Publication date:15 December 2015
Length of book:304 pages
PublisherPenn State University Press
In Church and Estate, Thomas Rzeznik examines the lives and religious commitments of the Philadelphia elite during the period of industrial prosperity that extended from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s. The book demonstrates how their religious beliefs informed their actions and shaped their class identity, while simultaneously revealing the ways in which financial influences shaped the character of American religious life. In tracing those connections, it shows how religion and wealth shared a fruitful, yet ultimately tenuous, relationship.
—Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph’s University