The battle cry of peace: the leadership of the disciples of Christ movement during the American Civil War, 1861-1865

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Show simple item record Tuck, Darin A. 2010-06-03T12:33:11Z 2010-06-03T12:33:11Z 2010-06-03T12:33:11Z
dc.description.abstract As the United States descended into war in 1861, the religious leaders of the nation were among the foremost advocates and recruiters for both the Confederate and Union forces. They exercised enormous influence over the laity, and used their sermons and periodicals to justify, promote, and condone the brutal fratricide. Although many historians have focused on the promoters of war, they have almost completely ignored the Disciples of Christ, a loosely organized religious movement based on anti-sectarianism and primitive Christianity, who used their pulpits and periodicals as a platform for peace. This study attempts to merge the remarkable story of the Disciples peace message into a narrative of the Civil War. Their plea for nonviolence was not an isolated event, but a component of a committed, biblically-based response to the outbreak of war from many of the most prominent leaders of the movement. Immersed in the patriotic calls for war, their stance was extremely unpopular and even viewed as traitorous in their communities and congregations. This study adds to the current Disciples historiography, which states that the issue of slavery and the Civil War divided the movement North and South, by arguing that the peace message professed by its major leaders divided the movement also within the sections. In fact, by the outbreak of war, the visceral debates that occurred among the Disciples leadership did not center on the issue of slavery, constitutionality of secession, or even which belligerent was in the right. The chief point of contention was whether a Christian, based on New Testament precepts, could participate in war. The nonviolent leaders thought that their peace message derived from the New Testament would be the one thing that would preserve unity in the brethren. In reality, it became the primary source of division. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Civil War en_US
dc.subject Disciples of Christ en_US
dc.subject Pacifism en_US
dc.subject Nonviolence en_US
dc.title The battle cry of peace: the leadership of the disciples of Christ movement during the American Civil War, 1861-1865 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Robert D. Linder en_US
dc.subject.umi History, Church (0330) en_US
dc.subject.umi History, United States (0337) en_US 2010 en_US August en_US

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