By Richard M. Gamble
This line, the ultimate one in G. okay. Chesterton’s poem “The English Graves,” serves for Richard M. Gamble as an interpretive key to a mainly vital second in American heritage: the time of the 1st global struggle, while revolutionary Christian leaders in the United States remodeled themselves from principled pacifists to crusading interventionists. The end result of this momentous shift, says Gamble, used to be the triumph of the concept that the US has been destined by means of divine windfall to carry salvation to the fewer enlightened countries of the world.
In The struggle for Righteousness, Gamble reconstructs the internal global of the social gospel clergy, tracing the evolution of the clergy’s interventionist ideology from its roots in prior efforts to advertise a contemporary, activist Christianity. He exhibits how those clergy finally got here to work out their job as global evangelization for the recent creed of democracy and internationalism, and eventually for the redemption of civilization itself throughout the organization of overall struggle. global warfare I hence turned a transcendent second of success. within the eyes of the revolutionary clergy, the years from 1914 to 1918 offered an extraordinary chance to accomplish their imaginative and prescient of an international transformed—the old dream of a common and eternal country of peace, justice, and righteousness. American sacrifice was once beneficial not just to save lots of the rustic, yet to avoid wasting the whole world.
Vividly narrating how the revolutionary clergy performed a shocking position in molding the general public consensus in desire of overall struggle, Gamble engages the wider query of religion’s position in shaping the fashionable American brain and the advance, on the private degrees, of the common sense of messianic interventionism either at domestic and in a foreign country. This well timed e-book not just fills an important hole in our collective reminiscence of the nice battle, it additionally is helping display how and why that struggle heralded the arrival of a distinct American self-understanding.
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The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation by Richard M. Gamble