By Anne C. Loveland
This booklet is a spiritual examine of the fifty-year background of conservative evangelical Christians' non secular offensive in the U.S. army, which received hundreds of thousands of converts to their religion.
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1953), 14. . "6 He and other evangelicals generally agreed that there was no contradiction between being a Christian and serving in the armed forces. They insisted that killing the enemy in combat was not murder and therefore did not violate the Sixth Commandment. They believed that the use of force by government was sanctioned by God as a means of protecting the rights of individuals and maintaining order. It followed that in using force, members of the armed forces, like the police, were carrying out one of the legitimate and divinely ordained functions of government.
Twenty- 17. Departments of the Army and the Air Force, Character Guidance Discussion Topics: Duty, Honor, Country. Series VI (Department of the Army Pamphlet 16-10, 1952), 8; Departments of the Army and the Air Force, Character Guidance Discussion Topics: Duty, Honor, Country. Series I (Department of the Army Pamphlet 16-5, 1951), 68, 4647, 88; Departments of the Army and Air Force, Character Guidance Discussion Topics: Duty, Honor, Country. Series V (Department of the Army Pamphlet 16-9, 1952), 67, 79; Departments of the Army and Air Force, Character Guidance Discussion Topics: Duty, Honor, Country.
Of the two-thirds Protestant, 80% are Protestant because their parents claimed that affiliation or because they were christened in the church,'' the article continued. "They have no practical Christian experience. "7 Evangelicals were not the only ones to look upon the military as a mission field. In the postwar period, many of the liberal Protestant denominations and religious groups began to expand their efforts among the armed forces. The National (formerly the Federal) Council of 6. Gordon H.
American Evangelicals and the U.S. Military 1942-1993 by Anne C. Loveland