Lutherans and the Longest War

Lutherans and the Longest War : Adrift on a Sea of Doubt About the Cold and Vietnam Wars, 1964-1975

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With its unique theology yet simultaneous representation of the 'silent majority,' American Lutheranism provides a compelling case study for U.S. citizens and their attitudes toward war, faith, foreign policy, religious institutions, and communism from 1964 to 1975. This book demonstrates how Lutherans maintained a hostility toward communism, the Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China while debating the threat of communist infiltrations into the United States and the Vietnam War, all in the context of their denominations, periodicals, and more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739115324
  • 9780739115329

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Highly Recommended. -- W. T. Lindley, Union University CHOICE [Settje's] approach and careful reading of sources are admirable. Lutherans and the Longest War is an excellent contribution to the genre of denominational studies and a useful starting point for exploring broader issues of religious assent, ambivalence, and dissent during the Cold War. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, April 2008 The author does an admirable job in concisely summarizing the historical literature on both the origins of the American war in Vietnam and the landscape of American Lutheranism in the era, carefully distinguishing between the major Lutheran bodies without too much jargon... [Settje] has a keen eye for especially catching phrases. -- Perry Bush Journal of American History David Settje provides a close examination of a period largely neglected by other Lutheran historians: the Cold War in general and the Vietnam War in particular. Settje provides the first comprehensive look at Lutheran thinking on the Cold and Vietnam wars from pew to pulpit, and from editorial offices to denominational headquarters. It extends a microphone into a realm where the silent majority did not hold its tongue, exposing the wide-ranging views and vigorous debates that raged within church circles among those disinclined to march for either side. -- Jill Gill, Boise State Universityshow more

About David E. Settje

David E. Settje is assistant professor of history at Concordia more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Lutherans and the Cold and Vietnam Wars, 1964-1975: An Introduction Chapter 2 Tortured for Christ: Lutheran Assessmetns of Global Communism Chapter 3 Has the Tiger Changed Its Stripes? Lutheran Debates about Domestic Communism Chapter 4 Lions Loose in the World: Pro-Vietnam War Lutherans Chapter 5 The Mythology fo Prowling Communists: Lutheran Antiwar Sentiments Chapter 6 Adrift on a Sea of Doubt: Lutheran Debates about Domestic Veitnam Concerns Chapter 7 The Lutheran Cold and Vietnam Wars' Legacyshow more

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