By Gerald L. Sittser
In A wary Patriotism, Gerald Sittser examines the problems raised by means of international struggle II in gentle of the reactions they provoked between Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Unitarians, and individuals of different Christian denominations. As Sittser demonstrates, spiritual issues performed a component 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 agony, the losing of the atomic bomb, and postwar making plans. eventually, Sittser says, the church buildings' habit in the course of international battle II performed a key function within the resurgence they skilled within the wake of the conflict.
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The war was seen as a warning to Americans. It exercised such significant influence largely because of what the American people did not have to face. Though affecting virtually every aspect of American life, the crisis of World War II was kept safely on foreign soil. Thousands of miles separated most Page 6 Americans and the theaters of operation. The distance between America and the arena of conflict afforded Americans the opportunitythe luxury, reallyto think about the meaning and implications of the conflict without having to fight for their very lives.
Abrams's book filled them with resolve. " became the battle cry. Postwar developments like the treaty of Versailles buttressed the clergy's determination to make sure it would not happen again. Initially most clergy considered the treaty a just settlement. The work of revisionist historians, however, persuaded them to change their minds. Within fifteen years clerical criticism of Versailles became as fashionable and passionate as their denunciations of the Hun during the war. It also served as a convenient explanation, though hardly a justification, for the rise of totalitarianism.
These terms will be used carefully and defined as precisely as possible, considering the context in which they appear. The nature of the topic has governed the use of sources. I limited my research to those sources that tell the story of the churches' public life during the war. Primary sources include religious magazines and journals representing the viewpoints of roughly forty different groups, minutes of denominational meetings, and important books published during the war. Secondary sources include books written on different aspects of the American home front, like women and the war, selective service, war relief work, and Jewish refugee organizations, as well as books that tell the story of the churches and the war, such as the histories of various denominations, biographies of important Christian leaders, and studies of specific religious movements and organizations.
A Cautious Patriotism: The American Churches & the Second World War by Gerald L. Sittser