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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It was Christ ' s sacrifice , the innocent Son of God suffering for guilty mankind ,
that made possible a future in heaven , peace when dying or at any other time ,
and confidence in the all - wise providence of a God who , though holy and utterly
56 The Christian view , of course , is that doing one ' s duty is all very well , but
heaven is in store for those who put their faith in Christ . What was happening
was that the pressure , pain , and enthusiasm of war were leading some
... army he had trusted in Christ for the salvation of his soul and , as a witness
recorded , “ with tears of joy , praised God in full hope of heaven . " 73
Confederate soldier Reuben Pierson wrote to inform his father of his newfound
faith in Christ .
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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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