Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

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Knopf Canada, Feb 28, 2012 - History - 832 pages
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A first major work of history on a crucial but under-examined topic, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith explores the role of religion in American foreign policy. From the first colonists to the presidents of the 21st Century, Andrew Preston's unparalleled study show us how religion has always shaped America's relationships with other nations, and what to expect in the future.
 
During the presidency of George W. Bush, many Americans and others around the world viewed the entrance of religion into foreign policy discourse, especially with regard to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a "new" development. But despite the official division between church and state, the presence of religion in American foreign policy has been a constant since before the Founding Fathers. Yet aside from leaders known to be personally religious, such as Bush, Jimmy Carter and Woodrow Wilson, few realize how central faith has always been to American governance and diplomacy--and indeed to the idea of America itself. In Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith, Andrew Preston starts at the beginning, and with revelatory findings, shows us how and why.
 

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Contents

Preface
Introduction
PART IIn the Beginning
CHAPTER ONEDefenders of the Faith
CHAPTER TWOGod Is an Excellent Man of War
CHAPTER THREEWars of Permanent Reformation
PART IIThe American Revelation
CHAPTER FOURThe Harmony of the World Confounded
CHAPTER TWENTYFOURThe Great Schism and the Myth of Consensus
PART VIIIReformation and Counterreformation
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVEThe Revolutionary Church in a Revolutionary Age
CHAPTER TWENTYSIXThe Valley of the Shadow of Death
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVENGet Thee Behind Me Satan
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHTA JudeoChristian Foreign Policy
CHAPTER TWENTYNINERonald the Lionheart
EPILOGUEThe Last Crusade?

CHAPTER FIVELiberation Theology
PART IIIImperial Destinies
CHAPTER SIXAbsolutist Apostasies
CHAPTER SEVENThe Benevolent Empire at Home and Abroad
CHAPTER EIGHTManifest Destiny and Its Discontents
PART IVAmericas Mission
CHAPTER NINEAbraham Lincoln and the First War of Humanitarian Intervention
CHAPTER TENMissionaries and the Imperialism of Human Rights
CHAPTER ELEVENAn Also Chosen People
CHAPTER TWELVECuba the Philippines and the First Crusade
PART VWoodrow Wilson and the Second Crusade
CHAPTER THIRTEENThe Idealistic Synthesis
CHAPTER FOURTEENOnward Christian Soldiers
CHAPTER FIFTEENThe Wilsonian Creed
PART VIFranklin Roosevelt and the Third Crusade
CHAPTER SIXTEENPrinces of Peace and Prophets of Realism
CHAPTER SEVENTEENThe Simple Faith of Franklin Roosevelt
CHAPTER EIGHTEENThe Holocaust and the Moral Meaning of the War
CHAPTER NINETEENSpiritual Diplomacy
CHAPTER TWENTYThe Church Unmilitant
CHAPTER TWENTYONEJohn Foster Dulles and the Quest for a Just and Durable Peace
PART VIIThe Cold War and the Fourth Crusade
CHAPTER TWENTYTWOThe Faith of Harry Truman and the Theology of George Kennan
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREEHigh Priests of the Cold WarEISENHOWER AND THE SECOND COMING OF DULLES
ABBREVIATIONS
NOTES
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN THE SIMPLE FAITH OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN THE HOLOCAUST AND THE MORAL MEANING OF THE WAR
CHAPTER NINETEEN SPIRITUAL DIPLOMACY
CHAPTER TWENTY THE CHURCH UNMILITANT
CHAPTER TWENTYONE JOHN FOSTER DULLES AND THE QUEST FOR A JUST AND DURABLE PEACE
PART VII THE COLD WAR AND THE FOURTH CRUSADE
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO THE FAITH OF HARRY TRUMAN AND THE THEOLOGY OF GEORGE KENNAN
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE HIGH PRIESTS OF THE COLD WAR
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR THE GREAT SCHISM AND THE MYTH OF CONSENSUS
PART VIII REFORMATION AND COUNTERREFORMATION
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE THE REVOLUTIONARY CHURCH IN A REVOLUTIONARY AGE
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT A JUDEOCHRISTIAN FOREIGN POLICY
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE RONALD THE LIONHEART
EPILOGUE THE LAST CRUSADE?
BIBLIOGRAPHY
JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Andrew Preston teaches American history and international relations history at Cambridge University, where he is a fellow of Clare College. Before Cambridge, he taught history and international studies at Yale University. Born in Ontario, he has also taught at universities in Canada and Switzerland, and has been a fellow at the Cold War Studies Program at the London School of Economics. He is the author of The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, The NSC, and Vietnam.

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