Broken Churches Broken Nation

Author: C. C. Goen
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 9780865541870
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Broken Churches Broken Nation from the Author: C. C. Goen. In the first comprehensive treatment of the role of churches in the processes that led to the American Civil War, C.C. Goen suggests that when Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches divided along lines of North and South in the antebellum controversy over slavery, they severed an important bond of national union. The forebodings of church leaders and other contemporary observers about the probability of disastrous political consequences were well-founded. The denominational schisms, as irreversible steps along the nation's tortuous course to violence, were both portent and catalyst to the imminent national tragedy. Caught in a quagmire of conflicting purposes, church leadership failed and Christian community broke down, presaging in a scenario of secession and conflict the impending crisis of the Union. As the churches chose sides over the supremely transcendent moral issue of slavery, so did the nation. Professor Goen, an eminent historian of American religion, does not seek in these pages the "causes" of the Civil War. Rather, he establishes evangelical Christianity as "a major bond of national unity" in antebellum America. His careful analysis and critical interpretation demonstrate that antebellum American churches -- committed to institutional growth, swayed by sectional interests, and silent about racial prejudice -- could neither contain nor redirect the awesome forces of national dissension. Their failure sealed the nation's fate. - Publisher.

St David Of Wales

Author: J. Wyn Evans
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 9781843833222
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St David Of Wales from the Author: J. Wyn Evans. All aspects of the cult of St David, patron saint of Wales, are examined in this wide-ranging volume.

The Church As Nation

Author: Kjell Blückert
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9783631361689
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The Church As Nation from the Author: Kjell Blückert. The twentieth century is said to have been the century of the nation and of the church. This has been asserted in various quarters. It is European nationalism and confessionalism that have constrained into being, constituted and made permanent nation-states, national churches and confessions. In this study modern theories on nationalism and ecclesiology are brought together and Sweden is employed as an historical example. The concepts nation and church, the superideologies nationalism and confessionalism, and the institutions nation-state and national church are viewed as parallels. The connections between them are described as symbiotic, although the nationalistic discourse, primarily in its rhetoric, has had a more parasitic relation to Christian traditions. The national discourse in the Lutheran State Church in Sweden during the first four decades of the twentieth century is depicted with source material such as church historiography, hymns and popular lectures. Two churchmen are focused on: <I>the nationalist Johan Alfred Eklund and <I>the internationalist Nathan Soderblom. Both were however firmly rooted in nationalism and inter-nationalism. Globalisation was not yet on the agenda."

The Catholic Church And The Nation State

Author: Lawrence C. Reardon
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781589011151
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The Catholic Church And The Nation State from the Author: Lawrence C. Reardon. Presenting case studies from sixteen countries on five continents, The Catholic Church and the Nation-State paints a rich portrait of a complex and paradoxical institution whose political role has varied historically and geographically. In this integrated and synthetic collection of essays, outstanding scholars from the United States and abroad examine religious, diplomatic, and political actions -- both admirable and regrettable -- that shape our world. Kenneth R. Himes sets the context of the book by brilliantly describing the political influence of the church in the post-Vatican II era. There are many recent instances, the contributors assert, where the Church has acted as both a moral authority and a self-interested institution: in the United States it maintained unpopular moral positions on issues such as contraception and sexuality, yet at the same time it sought to cover up its own abuses; it was complicit in genocide in Rwanda but played an important role in ending the horrific civil war in Angola; and it has alternately embraced and suppressed nationalism by acting as the voice of resistance against communism in Poland, whereas in Chile it once supported opposition to Pinochet but now aligns with rightist parties. With an in-depth exploration of the five primary challenges facing the Church -- theology and politics, secularization, the transition from serving as a nationalist voice of opposition, questions of justice, and accommodation to sometimes hostile civil authorities -- this book will be of interest to scholars and students in religion and politics as well as Catholic Church clergy and laity. By demonstrating how national churches vary considerably in the emphasis of their teachings and in the scope and nature of their political involvement, the analyses presented in this volume engender a deeper understanding of the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the world.

Church And Nation

Author: William Temple
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1776584252
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Church And Nation from the Author: William Temple. The unprecedented global conflicts of the early twentieth century posed a profound ethical dilemma for the theologians of the era. In this collection, drawn from a series of talks delivered in 1914 and 1915, Church of England Bishop William Temple lays out his beliefs about the relationship between Christian doctrine and geopolitical turmoil and defends his position that England had a moral obligation to enter the fray of World War I.

Catholic Vietnam

Author: Charles Keith
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520272471
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Catholic Vietnam from the Author: Charles Keith. Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Yale University, 2008.

Church And Nation

Author: Biörn Tjällén
ISBN: 9789171555342
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Church And Nation from the Author: Biörn Tjällén.

Orthodox Russia In Crisis

Author: Isaiah Gruber
ISBN: 9780875804460
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Orthodox Russia In Crisis from the Author: Isaiah Gruber. A pivotal period in Russian history, the Time of Troubles in the early seventeenth century has taken on new resonance in the country's post-Soviet search for new national narratives. The historical role of the Orthodox Church has emerged as a key theme in contemporary remembrances of this time--but what precisely was that role? The first comprehensive study of the Church during the Troubles, Orthodox Russia in Crisis reconstructs this tumultuous time, offering new interpretations of familiar episodes while delving deep into the archives to uncover a much fuller picture of the era. Analyzing these sources, Isaiah Gruber argues that the business activity of monasteries played a significant role in the origins and course of the Troubles and that frequent changes in power forced Church ideologues to innovate politically, for example inventing new justifications for power to be granted to the people and to royal women. These new ideas, Gruber contends, ultimately helped bring about a new age in Russian spiritual life and a crystallization of the national mentality.