A Cautious Patriotism: The American Churches & the Second by Gerald L. Sittser

By Gerald L. Sittser

In A wary Patriotism, Gerald Sittser examines the problems raised through international conflict II in mild of the reactions they provoked between Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Unitarians, and contributors of different Christian denominations. As Sittser demonstrates, non secular matters performed an element within the debate over American access into the struggle and persevered to resurface over problems with mobilization, army chaplaincy, civil rights, the internment of eastern american citizens, Jewish affliction, the losing of the atomic bomb, and postwar making plans. finally, Sittser says, the church buildings' habit in the course of international warfare II performed a key function within the resurgence they skilled within the wake of the battle.

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Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8078-2333-3 (cloth: alk. paper) 1. World War, 1939-1945Religious aspects. 2. WarReligious aspectsChristianity 3. World War, 1939-1945Influence. 4. United StatesChurch history20th century. I. Title. 54'78dc20CIP 01 00 99 98 97 5 4 3 2 1 Page v To the members of Whitworth College's religion and philosophy department, who are such wonderful colleagues and friends: Forrest E. Baird F. Dale Bruner Terrence McGonigal Stephen C. Meyer Roger L. Mohrlang Michelle L.

Clergy reaction was decisive and extreme. They were chastened, repentant, and determined. They decided to turn their backs on war and embrace peace. World War I became a symbol of the senselessness of war itself. In the name of peace, they declared war on civilization's greatest enemy, war itself. "Never again" was taken literally. The churches turned their immediate postwar attention to the League of Nations, which was supposed to provide a tool to eliminate future wars and establish international peace.

The allies, in short, had unknowingly shot themselves in the foot, and maybe the head. Historians also began to shift blame for the outbreak of war. France and Russia were at fault, not just Germany. British imperialism was culpable, too. Other facts came to light as well. The stories of German atrocities that had infuriated Americans during the war were later shown to be bogus. Americans, as it turned out, had been too gullible, an easy prey to propaganda. A report from the Nye Committee revealed that a ring of munitions manufacturers had lent a hand in creating conditions favorable to the outbreak of war and had prolonged the war once the outcome was certain.

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