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 fervent belief in this doctrine on the part of nineteenth - century Christians
was a direct denial of the Deism of the previous century ' s so - called
Enlightenment movement — the view of those who claimed “ that God made all
things and ...
33 Levi Lockhart told his sister , “ God will do all things well , ” and N . H . R .
Dawson of the Fourth Alabama assured his fiancée , “ I am in the keeping of an
all wise Creator , and an all wise God , who doeth all things well . " 34 The Fiftieth
it is certainly wrong to think Providence will ordain any thing but what is right and
just ; then why complain or worry for fear something will happen to our friends
when even if our worst fears were realized it might be the best thing that could ...
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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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