The Sword Of The Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Centuryby Doris L. Bergen
The Sword of the Lord is the first book to examine military chaplains and the development of the military chaplaincy across history and geography -- from the first to the twenty-first century, from Europe to North America. The scope of this work reveals the astonishing fact that the military chaplaincy has existed in a recognizable form for more than 1,600 years. Contributors analyze specific historical moments in the development of the chaplaincy, beginning in antiquity and progressing through the Crusades, the English Civil War, the American Civil War, both World Wars, and the Vietnam War.
In addition to contributions by historians, this book includes vivid accounts by two former chaplains -- an American rabbi who served in World War II and an American Catholic priest who served in Vietnam. This remarkable work treats with care and sensitivity a fascinating and important topic. Anyone interested in military history, religious studies, ethics, or pastoral care will profit from reading this book.
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