By Rick L. Nutt, Randall Balmer
A ancient research of the how numerous American non secular teams answered to the Vietnam conflict, either in help and in competition.
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Extra resources for An Historical Study of United States Religious Responses to the Vietnam War: A Matter of National Morality
Although many of those who followed this theological movement supported United States foreign policy on the basis of Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian realism, the secondary or relative loyalty to the nation always invited dissent from government policies and actions—as we have already seen in Niebuhr and John Bennett regarding the Cold War. 46 Second, the work of religious participants in the civil rights movement proved central to their later opposition to the Vietnam War. The FOR, AFSC, and NCC all promoted steps to overcome segregation and racial discrimination prior to the 1954 Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown v.
The SEATO protocol not only remedied this defect, but also ... " (45) 17 The renewal of conflict in the wake of Diem's refusal to hold the Geneva-mandated national election of 1956 only intensified the understanding of the fighting in Vietnam as the result of Communist aggression, despite the view of most governmental and nongovernmental area experts that it was primarily a civil war between the nationalist Communists and those Vietnamese who identified with the former French regime and the United States 23 The change in administration from the Republican Dwight Eisenhower to Democrat Kennedy brought no change in policy.
S. S. policy in Vietnam. S. 61 Many religious commentators have noted the danger of thinking of the United States as a uniquely moral nation. Selfrighteousness and arrogance can, and many argue often do, emerge from such a self-understanding. The result has sometimes been an idolatrous devotion to the nation. S. has taken on the universal purpose that religions such as Christianity and Judaism claimed. John Edwin Smylie, criticizing the acquiescence of too many Christians in undue valorization of the United States, noted this universalistic tendency: "Protestant America is reluctant to believe that any other agent of history except the United States can carry forward God's purposes in the world.
An Historical Study of United States Religious Responses to the Vietnam War: A Matter of National Morality by Rick L. Nutt, Randall Balmer