Origins of Christian Anti-Internationalism: Conservative Evangelicals and the League of Nations

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The roots of conservative Christian skepticism of international politics run deep. In this original work, Markku Ruotsila artfully unearths the historical and theological origins of evangelical Christian thought on modernday international organizations and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the fierce debates over the first truly international body-the League of Nations. The Origins of Christian Anti-Internationalism offers a lucid interpretation of the significant role that religion plays in U.S. policymaking ...
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Overview

The roots of conservative Christian skepticism of international politics run deep. In this original work, Markku Ruotsila artfully unearths the historical and theological origins of evangelical Christian thought on modernday international organizations and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the fierce debates over the first truly international body-the League of Nations. The Origins of Christian Anti-Internationalism offers a lucid interpretation of the significant role that religion plays in U.S. policymaking both at home and abroad. Ruotsila's analysis will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of theology, religious studies, religion and politics, international relations, domestic policy, and U.S. and world history.

About the Author:
Markku Ruotsila is an adjunct professor of American church history at the University of Helsinki and an adjunct professor of American and British history at the University of Tampere

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011915
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Religion and Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Markku Ruotsila is an adjunct professor of American church history at the University of Helsinki and an adjunct professor of American and British history at the University of Tampere. He is the author of several books, including John Spargo and American Socialism.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Christian Anti-Internationalism     1
The Social Gospel and Modern Internationalism     8
Dispensationalists: Prefiguring the Latter Days     27
Calvinists: Contesting the Public Means of Grace     53
Lutherans: The Two Kingdoms and the Antichrist     79
Methodists and Episcopalians: A Few Dissenting Voices     103
Religion and the League of Nations Fight in the Senate     122
Religion and the League for the Preservation of American Independence     147
The Persistence of Christian Anti-Internationalism     171
Conclusion: Christian Anti-Internationalism in Historical Context     187
Notes     193
Bibliography     215
Index     235
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