While God is Marching on: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers
They read the same Bible and prayed to the same God, but they faced each other in battle with rage in their hearts. The Civil War not only pitted brother against brother but also Christian against Christian, with soldiers from North and South alike devoutly believing that God was on their side. Steven E. Woodworth, a Civil War historian, presents the first detailed study of soldiers'' religious beliefs and how they influenced the course of that tragic conflict. He shows how Christian teaching and practice shaped the worldview of soldiers on both sides: how it motivated them for the struggle, how it influenced he way they fought, and how it shaped national life after the war ended. Through the diaries, letters, ad reminiscences of common soldiers, Woodworth illuminates religious belief from the home front to the battlefield, where thoughts of death and the afterlife were always close at hand. Woodworth reveals what these men thought about God and what they believed God thought about the war.
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The hymn itself and its great popularity emphasized the fact that Christianity in
the nineteenth century — or any other , for that matter — was a religion based on
one book , and that book was the Bible . It was of great importance to soldiers
Every ( hospital ] ward I went into they would beg me for Bibles and Testaments .
While they ... Respect for the Bible could sometimes be distorted into a strange
and almost talismanic belief that the book itself had mystical properties . Instead
I never in my life saw such a desire to get Bibles . Every ward I went into they
would beg me for Bibles and Testaments . While they gladly received the other
books , they wanted Bibles . ” Indeed , the churches and Bible societies of the
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Woodworth (history, Texas Christian Univ.; Jefferson Davis and His Generals) has written an extensively researched volume that through diaries, letters, and reminiscences explores the relationship of ... Leer comentario completo
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