Both Prayed to the Same God: Religion and Faith in the American Civil War

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Lexington Books, 2007 - History - 243 pages
Both Prayed to the Same God is the first book-length, comprehensive study of religion in the Civil War. While much research has focused on religion in a specific context of the civil war, this book provides a needed overview of this vital yet largely forgotten subject of American History. Writing passionately about the subject, Father Robert Miller presents this history in an accessible but scholarly fashion. Beginning with the religious undertones in the lead up to the war and concluding with consequences on religion in the aftermath, Father Miller not only shows us a forgotten aspect of history, but how our current historical situation is not unprecedented.
 

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A thorough, comprehensive and yet eminently readable book about a much neglected area of Civil War studies. With a forward by James McPherson, it fills a real gap in how we look at and study America's greatest conflict. Well done .... check it out!

Contents

The Ignored Civil War
3
Religion and Faith
11
The Great Paradox
19
The Foremost Political Institution in the Country
31
Catalyst for Conflict Comfort in War
41
Third Cousins Alienated
51
Paving the Way for Secession
61
The Invisible Institution
73
Through a Moral LensDarkly
131
Lost Cause Religion
143
Putting a Misconception to Death?
155
The Greatest Wartime Theologian
165
Religious Consequences of the Civil War
177
Authors Note
189
Religious Affiliations
190
Select Bibliography
217

Religious Support Systems
85
Soldiers of the LordCivil War Chaplains
97
Soldiers of the CrossCatholic Chaplains
109
Religious Revivals
121
Index
229
About the Author
243
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Page ix - Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said : " The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

About the author (2007)

Father Robert Miller is Pastor of St. Dorothy Church in Chicago. He is the author of five other books, the most recent of which is Surprised by Love.

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