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By Gerald L. Sittser

In A wary Patriotism, Gerald Sittser examines the problems raised via global struggle II in gentle of the reactions they provoked between Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Unitarians, and participants of alternative Christian denominations. As Sittser demonstrates, non secular matters performed an element within the debate over American access into the struggle and endured to resurface over problems with mobilization, army chaplaincy, civil rights, the internment of jap american citizens, Jewish ache, the losing of the atomic bomb, and postwar making plans. finally, Sittser says, the church buildings' habit in the course of international conflict II performed a key position within the resurgence they skilled within the wake of the conflict.

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America and its allies, with the exception of Russia, were the innocent defenders: democratic, peaceful, good. There was little doubt in the minds of most Americans about the justice of their cause. World War II was the kind of war that the American churches could have supported without reservation. Clearly the United States was above blame, or so it was assumed at the time. It had avoided belligerency and, until 1940, lagged behind in military preparation. It had tried to remain neutral and refrained from practicing brinkmanship.

Seefried Page vii CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix 1 THE CRISIS 1 2: PROMISES TO KEEP 16 3: THE FINE LINE 30 4: THE GREAT DEBATE 49 5: THE BIG QUESTION 77 6: CHRISTIAN FAITH & DEMOCRACY 99 7: CHURCH & SOCIETY 117 8: MINISTRY & MOBILIZATION 134 9: MINISTRY & THE MILITARY 146 10: CIVIL RIGHTS & THE WAR AT HOME 168 11 : THE COST OF WAR 193 12: SUFFERING BEYOND MEASURE 211 13 THE POSTWAR WORLD 223 14: THE PROSPECTS OF A CAUTIOUS PATRIOTISM 250 NOTES 257 BIBLIOGRAPHY 291 INDEX 311 Page ix ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS My friend, mentor, and former professor, Marty E.

Powerful industrialists, propagandists, and politicians had thus duped the Page 18 clergy. Americans had fought World War I in vain. Worse still, Americans had vainly fought the war in the name of God. 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.

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