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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History$
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Paul Harvey and Edward Blum

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.001.0001

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Religion, War, and Peace

Religion, War, and Peace

(p.169) 8. Religion, War, and Peace
The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History

Ira R. Chernus

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how religion is intertwined with issues of war and peace throughout American history. More specifically, it explores how, and to what extent, religion has motivated Americans to consider, pursue, and practice both war and peace. It also discusses some of the most important and interesting interpretations of mainstream discourse that scholars have already offered and some hypotheses they might explore in the future regarding the interrelationships between religion, war, and peace. Mainstream American discourse about war and peace has always drawn most heavily on four distinct narratives, each of them rooted in an ancient Christian tradition and each offering an explanation of the nature of humanity: the “holy war” tradition, the “just war” tradition, the “Christian humanist” tradition, and the “nonviolence” tradition.

Keywords:   religion, war, peace, American history, Christianity, humanity, holy war, just war, Christian humanism, nonviolence

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