From Covenant to Crusade and Back: American Christianity and the Late Great War

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This chapter presents two arguments to address questions arising from the perceived discontinuity between the Great War and other historical currents surrounding it, such as: How does one account for American involvement in such a devastating conflict during an era of optimism and faith in progress? Firstly, covenantal rhetoric played a significant role in bringing the United States into the war—by explaining war time experiences and ordering the postwar world. Secondly, the Great War brought to the surface a tension inherent in Judeo-Christian covenantalism between two aspects of covenant: the vertical, which forges an alliance between parties of unequal power; and the horizontal, which forges a collective out of smaller parties or individuals.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrom Jeremiad to Jihad
Subtitle of host publicationReligion, Violence, and America
EditorsJohn D Carlson, Jonathan H Ebel
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780520951532
ISBN (Print)9780520271661, 9780520271654
StatePublished - Jun 6 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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