By Rick L. Nutt, Randall Balmer
A old research of the how a number of American spiritual teams spoke back to the Vietnam warfare, either in aid and in competition.
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Tucker, Nation or Empire: The Debate Over American Foreign Policy (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1968); Carey B. Joynt, "The Problem of Peace," Church and Society 58 (January-February, 1973): 27-36; 38 argued that the concept was at work in the nation's involvement in Vietnam. S. government deeper and deeper into Vietnam. "66 By the postwar era many religious observers voiced a strong critique of the effects of exceptionalism on the nation's understanding of its role in international affairs67 Reinhold Niebuhr turned his keen insight to the question in his 1952 study of The Irony of American History.
Further, the respondents held that Christianity was incompatible with communism and would prefer death to living under communism. 28 There were, however, variations in the specific applications of those political beliefs. Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians tended to embrace conservative social and political stances more fervently than others. In foreign policy, that included stronger support for the nation's military ventures than their more progressive coreligionists29 For these Christians, the Cold War rhetoric of atheistic communism and the godly United States determined their attitudes even more than it did for others.
S. resolve to stop its spread any further. Virtually all citizens supported the nation's anticommunist policy and strategy. People opposed communism not only because of its totalitarian political nature, but also because of its avowed atheism. R. and China were well known. Indeed, during the Cold War the United States was equated with religious belief against the atheistic Communist powers. An absolutist understanding of the world, in which the Soviet Union and China represented evil, and the United States and its allies represented righteousness, resulted.
An Historical Study of United States Religious Responses to the Vietnam War: A Matter of National Morality by Rick L. Nutt, Randall Balmer