Broken Churches, Broken Nation

Denominational Schisms and the Coming of the American Civil War


Author: C. C. Goen

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865541870

Category: History

Page: 198

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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.

Haiti: The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation


Author: Philippe Girard

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230112902

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 6146

Why has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions, examining how colonialism and slavery have left a legacy of racial tension, both within Haiti and internationally; Haitians remain deeply suspicious of white foriegners' motives, many of whom doubt Hatians' ability to govern themselves. He also examines how Haiti's current political instability is merely a continuation of political strife that began during the War of Independence (1791-1804). Finally, Haiti: The Tumultuous History, Girard explores poverty's devastating impact on contemporary Haiti and argues that Haitians--particularly home-grown dictators--bear a big share of the responsibility for their nation's troubles.

Broken Nation

Australians in the Great War


Author: Joan Beaumont

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741751381

Category: History

Page: 628

View: 1473

The Great War was, for the majority of Australians, one that was fought at home. As casualties of this monstrous war mounted, they triggered a political crisis of unprecedented ferocity in Australian history. The fault-lines that emerged in 1916-18 around

Broken Nation


Author: Bill Lawrence

Publisher: Infinity Publishing

ISBN: 9780741429780

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 7688

Are you an outraged American citizen? You should be. Learn how the Bush Administration has broken our nation into pieces and what you can do to put it back together again.

My Apologies


Author: Tiffany Simar


ISBN: 1105649490


Page: N.A

View: 957

No Peace for the Wicked

Northern Protestant Soldiers and the American Civil War


Author: David Rolfs

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 1572336625

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 9072

The first comprehensive work of its kind, David Rolfs' No Peace for the Wicked sheds new light on the Northern Protestant soldiers' religious worldview and the various ways they used it to justify and interpret their wartime experiences. Drawing extensive

Vanquished Nation, Broken Spirit

The Virtues of the Heart in Formative Judaism


Author: Jacob Neusner,Professor of Religion Jacob Neusner, PhD

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521328326

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 4909

Examines the development of Jewish canonical writings, looks at how the Jews adjusted to being a conquered people, and discusses Jewish emotional traditions

The Seed of a Nation

Rediscovering America


Author: Darrell Fields,Lorrie Fields

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614482403

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 9225

“Anyone who is losing hope for America must read The Seed of a Nation. The inspiration lives, the seed sprouts, the idea works” (Scott W. Boyd, Pennsylvania State Representative). “The Seed of a Nation is a thoroughly researched and fascinating account of William Penn’s efforts to establish a ‘Holy Experiment’ in Pennsylvania—a vision of governance grounded in faith and operating on the principles of tolerance and respect for all” (Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf). It was this “Holy Experiment,” set out in Penn’s Charter of Privileges, that provided the framework for the United States Government, including the essential underlying mandate to provide freedom for all people. So brilliant was William Penn’s legacy that Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence, called him, “the greatest lawgiver the world has produced.” This fascinating work looks at the life and impact of William Penn—an impact that still echoes today.

Literature and Nation


Author: Harish Trivedi,Richard Allen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415212076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 7358

This is the first book to deal with the culture of Britain and India over the past two hundred years in an integrated way. Previously unavailable texts make this an invaluable resource for all those interested in British and Indian literature.

Religion and the American Civil War


Author: Randall M. Miller,Harry S. Stout,Charles Reagan Wilson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923663

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 8865

The sixteen essays in this volume, all previously unpublished, address the little considered question of the role played by religion in the American Civil War. The authors show that religion, understood in its broadest context as a culture and community of faith, was found wherever the war was found. Comprising essays by such scholars as Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Drew Gilpin Faust, Mark Noll, Reid Mitchell, Harry Stout, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, and featuring an afterword by James McPherson, this collection marks the first step towards uncovering this crucial yet neglected aspect of American history.