A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil by Sean A. Scott

By Sean A. Scott

while 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 help for the struggle. Ministers publicly proclaimed the righteousness of the Union, condemned slavery, and asserted that God preferred the federal military. but all of this might have amounted to not anything greater than empty bravado with out the aid of the lads and girls sitting within the pews. This notable publication 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 do something about actual separation and dying engendered through the conflict, and finally enabled them to figure the hand of God within the fight to maintain the nationwide Union.

From Lincoln's election to his assassination, the ebook weaves jointly political, army, social, and highbrow background right into a non secular narrative of the Civil conflict at the northern domestic entrance. choked with compelling human curiosity tales, this account attracts on letters, diaries, newspapers and church files besides released assets to conclusively reveal that many religious civilians looked the Civil struggle as a competition imbued with non secular that means. within the means of giving their unswerving help to the govt. as person voters, non secular Northerners politicized the church as a collective establishment and used it to uphold the Union so the purified state may perhaps advertise Christianity worldwide. Christian patriotism helped win the conflict, however the politicization of faith didn't result in the redemption of the state.

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