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Sean A. Scott's A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil PDF

By Sean A. Scott

whilst Abraham Lincoln expressed gratitude for the northern church buildings within the spring of 1864, it had not anything to do together with his appreciation of doctrine, liturgy, or Christian fellowship. jointly, the church buildings earned the president's admiration with rabid patriotism and aid for the battle. Ministers publicly proclaimed the righteousness of the Union, condemned slavery, and asserted that God favorite the federal military. but all of this is able to have amounted to not anything greater than empty bravado with no the aid of the lads and girls sitting within the pews. This remarkable e-book examines the Civil battle from the point of view of the northern laity, these non secular civilians whose own religion stimulated their perspectives on politics and slavery, helped them take care of actual separation and demise engendered by way of the battle, and eventually enabled them to parent the hand of God within the fight to maintain the nationwide Union.

From Lincoln's election to his assassination, the publication weaves jointly political, army, social, and highbrow historical past right into a non secular narrative of the Civil conflict at the northern domestic entrance. jam-packed with compelling human curiosity tales, this account attracts on letters, diaries, newspapers and church files besides released resources to conclusively show that many religious civilians seemed the Civil battle as a competition imbued with spiritual that means. within the technique of giving their unswerving help to the govt as person electorate, non secular Northerners politicized the church as a collective establishment and used it to uphold the Union so the purified kingdom may well advertise Christianity all over the world. Christian patriotism helped win the battle, however the politicization of faith didn't result in the redemption of the state.

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