The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2006 M12 8 - 216 pages
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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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User Review  - atdCross - LibraryThing

I need to admit that I must have finished this book about in Jan, 2015 and am just now (Aug, 2015) reviewing it. In any, case this is a great read for understanding how America could have gotten ... Read full review

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Interesting enough, but it was either 150 pages too long or 150 pages too short. The gist of it is this: the Civil War was a theological crisis because the US's religious freedom allowed anyone to ... Read full review


1 Introduction
2 Historical Contexts
3 The Crisis over the Bible
4 The negro question lies far deeper than the slavery question
5 The Crisis over Providence
6 Opinions of Protestants Abroad
7 Catholic Viewpoints
8 Retrospect and Prospect

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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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