Congratulations to PUP author Mark Valeri, whose book “Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America” has been awarded the 2011 Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society of Church History. The prize recognizes “the best book published in the two previous calendar years, originating in the North American scholarly community, which presents original research on any period in the history of Christianity, or makes a significant synthesizing scholarly contribution.”
In his congratulatory note to Mark Valeri, Keith Francis, the Executive Secretary of ASCH wrote:
The members of the committee were impressed by ‘the care and precision with which [you] traced shifts in puritan New England culture over the course of several generations’ as well as ‘the seriousness of [your] attempt to rethink the relationship between religion and commerce.’ You will also be happy to hear that your prose also garnered praise and admiration; scholarly and well-written: high praise indeed.
Valeri will be officially awarded the prize at the next Business Meeting of the ASCH on January 7, 2012, in Chicago, IL.