Kingdom to Commune: Protestant Pacifist Culture between World War I and the Vietnam Era (Paperback)
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Kingdom to Commune: Protestant Pacifist Culture between World War I and the Vietnam Era (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 15/05/2014
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American religious pacifism is usually explained in terms of its practitioners' ethical and philosophical commitments. Patricia Appelbaum argues that Protestant pacifism, which constituted the religious center of the large-scale peace movement in the United States after World War I, is best understood as a culture that developed dynamically in the broader context of American religious, historical, and social currents.

Exploring piety, practice, and material religion, Appelbaum describes a surprisingly complex culture of Protestant pacifism expressed through social networks, iconography, vernacular theology, individual spiritual practice, storytelling, identity rituals, and cooperative living. Between World War I and the Vietnam War, she contends, a paradigm shift took place in the Protestant pacifist movement. Pacifism moved from a mainstream position to a sectarian and marginal one, from an embrace of modernity to skepticism about it, and from a Christian center to a purely pacifist one, with an informal, flexible theology.

The book begins and ends with biographical profiles of two very different pacifists, Harold Gray and Marjorie Swann. Their stories distill the changing religious culture of American pacifism revealed in Kingdom to Commune.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807859384
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
This well-researched and timely book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century pacifism. . . . Appelbaum illustrates the development of pacifist culture with a range of evidence, much of it heretofore unexplored by scholars.--Journal of American Studies


A valuable resource for students and researchers in both religious studies and peace studies in the U.S. Highly recommended.--Choice


Should be regarded as indispensable reading for anyone who wants to understand what has happened to Protestant pacifists over the past century. . . . Yield[s] a fascinating set of material culture examples. . . . [An] important book.--Journal for Peace and Justice Studies


[A] richly textured sociocultural exploration. . . . May prove to be a foundational edifice on which many future studies on the topic must build.--Journal of American History


A significant contribution to communitarian studies as well as to the history of pacifism.--The Annals of Iowa


A rich account of . . . 'Protestant pacifist culture' during the middle of the twentieth century. . . . An illuminating approach.--Church History


[Appelbaum's] focus on pacifist worship services, plays, pageantry, iconography, and heroic biographies uncovers a rich folk history. . . [Goes] a long way toward claiming a more central role for Christian nonviolence in American democratic history.--American Historical Review


A detailed discussion of pacifist culture. . . . Provides wonderful descriptions of cultural artifacts such as hymns . . . plays . . . and peace liturgies.--Christian Century

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