Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973

Timothy Padgett

Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973
Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973

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Evangelicals are warmongering nationalists—right?

Many assume that evangelicals have always shared the ideology and approach of the Moral Majority. But the truth is much more complex. Historically, evangelical rank and file have not held to one position about war; instead, they are strewn across the spectrum from love of peace to glorying in war.

In Swords and Plowshares, Timothy Padgett complicates our common perceptions of evangelical attitudes towards war and peace. Evangelical leaders regularly wrote about the temporal and eternal implications of war from World War II to the Vietnam War. Padgett allows us to see firsthand how these evangelicals actually spoke about war and love of country.

Instead of blind ideologues we meet concerned people of conviction struggling to reconcile the demands of a world in turmoil with the rule of the Prince of peace.

  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Prelude to War, 1937–1941
  • The Conflagration, 1942–1945
  • Plowshares Into Swords, 1946–1949
  • Turning East, 1950–1953
  • A Tense Peace, 1954–1958
  • Battles Near and Far, 1959–1963
  • Almost Armageddon, 1964–1968
  • The End of War, 1969–1973
  • Conclusions


Pages: 320
Publisher: Lexham Press
Published: 2018
ISBN-10: 1683591062
ISBN-13: 9781683591061

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