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Essential reading for students of both religion and diplomacy in modern America. Kennedy, Stanford University "William Inboden has done something remarkable: He has said something genuinely new about one of the most heavily mined periods of American foreign policy. His thoughtful, rigorous discussion of the role of religion in early Cold War foreign policy reminds us of two fundamental truths. First, that religion is a powerful factor, across party lines, in how Americans see the world.

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And second, that religion never offers simple lessons about what kind of foreign policy America should pursue. Why Liberals - and only Liberals - Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again "Inboden reads history with clear eyes and opens ours to the fact that diplomatic theology and theological diplomacy mattered far more to those who conducted American foreign policy than those who have studied it have hitherto understood. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University "The American academy has been rediscovering the importance of religion in politics and foreign policy; Inboden's new book makes a vital contribution to this ongoing project by examining the ways in which both politicians and religious leaders grappled with the challenges of Cold War diplomacy Ranging over subjects as diverse as the missionary influence in the China lobby and the political impact of the once-formidable Moral Rearmament movement, Inboden produces a stimulating and compelling picture of American religious and political life.

Inboden contributes a valuable study with a convincing argument about the influence of religion and faith on American policy making. Inboden illustrates his arguments with an in-depth examination of key personalities. Wallace, Journal of Cold War Studies. The Cold War was in many ways a religious war. Presidents Truman and Eisenhower and many other Americans opposed communism because of its hostility to religion. Since American Protestant churches were divided, American political leaders constructed a new civil religion to mobilize domestic support, to determine the boundaries of containment, to unite people against communism, and to undermine communist governments abroad.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Presidents Truman and Eisenhower and other American leaders believed that human rights and freedoms were endowed by God, that God had called the United States to defend liberty in the world, and that Soviet communism was especially evil because of its atheism and its enmity to religion.

Along with security and economic concerns, these religious convictions also helped determine both how the United States defined the enemy and how it fought the conflict. Meanwhile, American Protestant churches failed to seize the moment.


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Internal differences over theology and politics, and resistance to cooperation with Catholics and Jews, hindered Protestant leaders domestically and internationally. Frustrated by these internecine disputes, Truman and Eisenhower attempted instead to construct a new civil religion. This public theology was used to mobilize domestic support for Cold War measures, to determine the strategic boundaries of containment, to appeal to people of all religious faiths around the world to unite against communism, and to undermine the authority of communist governments within their own countries.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Protestants and foreign policy, — Part II: The 'real' Truman Doctrine: Harry Truman's theology of containment 4. Protestant missionaries and Sino-American relations 5. John Foster Dulles and America 7. Prophet, priest, and president: Eisenhower and the New American Faith Afterword. This title is available for institutional purchase via Cambridge Core Cambridge Core offers access to academic eBooks from our world-renowned publishing programme.

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Please see the permission section of the www. Open global navigation Cambridge University Press Academic. View cart 0 Checkout. Include historic titles Search products. Register Sign in Wishlist. Unlocking potential with the best learning and research solutions. Home Academic Religion Religion: Add to cart Add to wishlist Other available formats: Hardback , eBook Looking for an inspection copy? This title is not currently available on inspection. First serious scholarly examination of religious influences on early Cold War foreign policy Reveals evidence of American government using religion as an instrument in Cold War policy In-depth analysis of deepening fissures within American Protestantism in post-war years.

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Noll, University of Notre Dame 'William Inboden has written a pioneering and profusely researched study into a core component of America's post-war foreign policy. Presidents Truman and Eisenhower and other American leaders believed that human rights and freedoms were endowed by God, that God had called the United States to defend liberty in the world, and that Soviet communism was especially evil because of its atheism and its enmity to religion.

Along with security and economic concerns, these religious convictions also helped determine both how the United States defined the enemy and how it fought the conflict. Meanwhile, American Protestant churches failed to seize the moment. Internal differences over theology and politics, and resistance to cooperation with Catholics and Jews, hindered Protestant leaders domestically and internationally. Frustrated by these internecine disputes, Truman and Eisenhower attempted instead to construct a new civil religion.

This public theology was used to mobilize domestic support for Cold War measures, to determine the strategic boundaries of containment, to appeal to people of all religious faiths around the world to unite against communism, and to undermine the authority of communist governments within their own countries. Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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Review "William Inboden presents an illuminating and insightful account of how mainline Protestant theology not only provided rhetoric but also helped shape the substance of American Cold War policies under both Truman and Eisenhower. Cambridge University Press August 25, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.


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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Wiliam Inboden's book on Religion and American foreign Policy is a good attempt to establish that truth contrary to the claims of its founders, that religion has always influenced the United States society and its foreign policy.

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The cold war era'a containment policy was no exception and Inboden just takes out a sapmple period in the entire American foreign policy history to prove this. The religious-ethical basis of containment, whether it has a self imposed grand isolation or a bid to contain and isolate the erstwhile Soviet Union are extremely interlinked.