By Gerald L. Sittser
In A wary Patriotism, Gerald Sittser examines the problems raised through global conflict II in mild of the reactions they provoked between Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Unitarians, and individuals of alternative Christian denominations. As Sittser demonstrates, non secular issues performed a component within the debate over American access into the battle and endured to resurface over problems with mobilization, army chaplaincy, civil rights, the internment of jap 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 warfare II performed a key function within the resurgence they skilled within the wake of the struggle.
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I dedicate this book to them with gratitude and respect. " Most people who lived through the Second World War drew a straight and clear line between the side that was right and the side that was wrong. Evidence was easy to come by. Germany and Japan were the guilty aggressors: totalitarian, expansionist, evil. 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.
The wealth of sources poses a problem for historians. Given the many stories that historians could tell about the war, how should they organize the material so that they tell one story well without saying too little or too much? Since historians cannot tell the whole story, how can they tell one part of the story and still tell the whole truth? The purpose of this book is to tell the story of the American churches and the Second World War. As if flying a reconnaissance mission over vast stretches of unchartered territory, it will read the terrain in only one way and sketch only one kind of map.
Similar petitions were presented to Congress. When the Senate finally Page 19 approved it, church leaders exclaimed that it was a major victory for peace. "3 The churches also advocated disarmament of offensive, and sometimes defensive, weapons. Many churches paid close attention to the Washington Conference, at which ten nations discussed military problems in the Pacific and set limitations on the construction of certain types of military ships. Denominational groups, church journals, and Christian leaders applauded the agreement and lobbied the Senate for ratification.
A Cautious Patriotism: The American Churches & the Second World War by Gerald L. Sittser