The Faith of the American Soldier

The Faith of the American Soldier

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by Stephen Mansfield, Phil Gigante
     
 

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The Faith of the American Soldier opens with the core question that lies at the heart of the book: What happens religiously to America's warriors when they go to battle, and what impact does this have on the nation's conduct of war?

New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Mansfield surveys America's wars from a religious and theological perspective in order to

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The Faith of the American Soldier opens with the core question that lies at the heart of the book: What happens religiously to America's warriors when they go to battle, and what impact does this have on the nation's conduct of war?

New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Mansfield surveys America's wars from a religious and theological perspective in order to understand the theological framing and spiritual rationale for each, where they came from, and what effect they had on behavior on the battlefield.

Since men and women in battle not only contend with the prospect of their own deaths but also must fashion a moral rationale for killing, the battlefield is often a place of tremendous religious transformation.

Do men and women in battle revert to the faith of their youth, or do they gravitate to the spirituality around them? Do they lose all faith in the face of horror, or do they piece together an informal spirituality that simply gets them through the fight? Are they better warriors, and do they experience less posttraumatic stress if they believe their war is righteous and that they are agents of good?

Mansfield sets a sharp gaze on the modern scene to examine the religious nature of the warrior ethic today: There is a new generation on the battlefield now, one raised with less religious training and less connection to history than any that has come before. A First Amendment society does not officially offer Christian chivalry or a Bushido code as a guide to conduct for its warriors, so they are left to their own religious choices to frame their moral perspectives on war, on killing, and on the possibility of death.

In writing this book, Mansfield traveled to the current battlefields of Iraq; "the Plain" of the famed military academy at West Point, New York; the home of the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and the headquarters of USCENTCOM at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

He also explores these questions through the lens of a deep respect for the military-he comes from a long line of U.S. Army officers-and from his background as a Ph.D. in American history.

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ISBN-13:
9781455853885
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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