By Anne C. Loveland
This ebook is a non secular examine of the fifty-year heritage of conservative evangelical Christians' non secular offensive in the U.S. army, which gained millions of converts to their religion.
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Tobey, an American Baptist, as the new chief of army chaplains, evan- 9. See, for example, James DeForest Murch, "Why Evangelicals Cannot CoOperate in the FCCCA," UEA, September 15, 1946, p. 7. 10. Rutherford L. Decker, "The Holy Spirit Works Through the NAE," UEA, May 15, 1952, p. 6; "Graham's Korean Mission Wins Thousands to Christ," UEA, February 1, 1953, p. 23. Page 8 gelicals breathed a sigh of relief. For a brief period during 1958, before Tobey took office, all three chaplaincies were headed by Roman Catholics, United Evangelical Action pointed out.
The evangelicals who undertook this spiritual offensive included civilians as well as military personnel. Various evangelical groups organized and led the campaign. "1 The NAE's allies included the Associated Gospel Churches, the more recently established Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches, and denominations such as the Assemblies of God, the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and the Southern Baptist Convention. 2 I use the term evangelical to describe a wide range of conservative Christians and their religious and ideological assumptions.
The stricken nations are looking to the free world for material, money, and man power to help them. "5 Although they had opposed UMT, evangelicals could accept peacetime conscription. Fear of communist aggression eclipsed the worries about militarism they had expressed in the UMT debate. Also, though they generally respected the right of their pacifist brethren to refuse to bear arms, the majority of evangelicals had no problem with war or military service. Gordon H. Clark, professor of philosophy at Butler University, concluded in an article published in United Evangelical Action 4.
American Evangelicals and the U.S. Military 1942-1993 by Anne C. Loveland