In July, Penn State Press will publish Church and Estate: Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia by Thomas F. Rzeznik (Seton Hall University). The publisher’s description follows.
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.