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 Bl├╝ckert
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9783631361689
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The Church As Nation from the Author: Kjell Bl├╝ckert. 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."

Rebellion To Riot

Author: Dick Devon
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers
ISBN: 9766371873
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Rebellion To Riot from the Author: Dick Devon. "The Church s contribution to the building of Jamaica as a nation and lobbying for the implementation of the necessary socio-political infrastructure of a healthy society has long been overlooked. Rebellion to Riot addresses this oversight by showing how the Church, between 1865 and 1999, worked largely behind the scenes to bring economic empowerment and education to a previously enslaved people. The book also touches upon current issues such as the rampant violence and immorality faced by the society and outlines the Church s drive to bring about justice, peace and values throughout the island. Reverend Devon Dick s narrative is well-balanced in that it does not seek to portray the Church in a positive light only. Like any other institution, the Church has its shortcomings, and Rebellion to Riot unflinchingly addresses these issues: the limited role that women were allowed to play, the Church s tendency to shy away from any association with rebellions that brought about much needed social change and racism in the Church and the wider society. Written in a style accessible to the general reader, the book is also enhanced with statistical data, reference notes and an extensive bibliography making it an important historical record, charting the evolution of the nation and the Jamaican Church. "

Patterns Of Secularization

Author: Daphne Halikiopoulou
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409403456
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Patterns Of Secularization from the Author: Daphne Halikiopoulou. Drawing on David Martin's 'Cultural Defence Paradigm' which expects secularization to be inhibited in cases where religion serves as a carrier of national identity, Patterns of Secularization offers a comparative study highlighting the limits of existing interpretations and identifies variations within the cultural defence paradigm.

Shakespeare S Tribe

Author: Jeffrey Knapp
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226445700
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Shakespeare S Tribe from the Author: Jeffrey Knapp. Most contemporary critics characterize Shakespeare and his tribe of fellow playwrights and players as resolutely secular, interested in religion only as a matter of politics or as a rival source of popular entertainment. Yet as Jeffrey Knapp demonstrates in this radical new reading, a surprising number of writers throughout the English Renaissance, including Shakespeare himself, represented plays as supporting the cause of true religion. To be sure, Renaissance playwrights rarely sermonized in their plays, which seemed preoccupied with sex, violence, and crime. During a time when acting was regarded as a kind of vice, many theater professionals used their apparent godlessness to advantage, claiming that it enabled them to save wayward souls the church could not otherwise reach. The stage, they argued, made possible an ecumenical ministry, which would help transform Reformation England into a more inclusive Christian society. Drawing on a variety of little-known as well as celebrated plays, along with a host of other documents from the English Renaissance, Shakespeare's Tribe changes the way we think about Shakespeare and the culture that produced him. Winner of the Best Book in Literature and Language from the Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly division, the Conference on Christianity and Literature Book Award, and the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.

Madam Britannia

Author: Emma Major
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199699372
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Madam Britannia from the Author: Emma Major. Using Britannia as a central figure, this book explores the neglected relationship between women, church, and nation. It argues that Britannia became established as an emblem of nation from 1688 and gained in importance over the following century. It draws on an exciting range of material to explore the extent and significance of women's involvement in debates about the new British nation and the Church of England. Discussing a wide range of printed sources,including letters, poetry, novels, plays, journals, sermons, devotional literature, political tracts, and travel writing, it also uses manuscript sources and frontspieces, paintings, drawings, and graphicsatire to bring to life debates about identity, faith, and nation. Writers discussed include Elizabeth Burnet, Elizabeth Carter, Catherine Talbot, Samuel Richardson, Thomas Amory, Samuel Foote, Elizabeth Montagu, Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Hannah More, along with images by William Hogarth, John Flaxman, Francis Hayman, James Gillray, and the Cruikshanks.

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.

The Catholic Church And The Nation State

Author: Paul Christopher Manuel
ISBN: 9781589011151
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The Catholic Church And The Nation State from the Author: Paul Christopher Manuel. 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.