The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

by Mark A. Noll


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Viewing the Civil War as a major turning point in American religious thought, Mark A. Noll examines writings about slavery and race from Americans both white and black, northern and southern, and includes commentary from Protestants and Catholics in Europe and Canada. Though the Christians on all sides agreed that the Bible was authoritative, their interpretations of slavery in Scripture led to a full-blown theological crisis.

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ISBN-13: 9781469621814
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 183,016
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark A. Noll is McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is author or editor of 35 books, including the award-winning America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln.

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In this rigorous and learned book, Mark Noll shows that the American Civil War was a crisis not only for theology, but also of theology. Even theologians who disagreed profoundly over slavery concurred that the fate of Christianity rested on the fate of the nation. This consensus not only paralyzed Reformed theology during the sectional crisis; Noll demonstrates that it crippled its development after the war. He creates a narrative for nineteenth-century theology that will reward scholars and general readers alike.—Beth Barton Schweiger, author of The Gospel Working Up: Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth-Century Virginia

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