Over the course of American history, many myths and symbols rooted in religion — especially Christianity — have entered the secular public sphere and played an important role in the nation’s life, affecting all Americans. Those effects have often been most fateful when issues of war and peace have been at stake. In time of war, American myths and symbols have had fateful, sometimes lethal, effects on people all over the world. So it is worth paying special attention to the history of American religious traditions, myths, and symbols as they have impacted American attitudes toward war and peace.
That’s why I have included on this site an article I wrote: “Religion, War, and Peace,” which originally appeared in The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History, edited by Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum. Copyright © 2012 Columbia University Press. Reprinted here with permission of the publisher.
RELIGION, WAR, AND PEACE IN AMERICAN HISTORY