Kingdom to Commune: Protestant Pacifist Culture between World War I and the Vietnam Era

Kingdom to Commune: Protestant Pacifist Culture between World War I and the Vietnam Era

by Patricia Appelbaum


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American religious pacifism is usually explained in terms of its practitioners' ethical and philosophical commitments. Patricia Appelbaum argues that Protestant pacifism, which constituted the religious center of the large-scale peace movement in the United States after World War I, is best understood as a culture that developed dynamically in the broader context of American religious, historical, and social currents. The book begins and ends with biographical profiles of two very different pacifists, Harold Gray and Marjorie Swann. Their stories distill the changing religious culture of American pacifism revealed in the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807859384
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 21.60(w) x 14.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patricia Appelbaum is an independent scholar living in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. "Character 'Bad'": Harold Gray
Chapter 2. From YMCA to CPS: Pacifist Social Networks
Chapter 3. The Protestant Heart: Pacifist Theology
Chapter 4. The Pacifist Vernacular
Chapter 5. Performing Pacifism: Worship, Plays, and Pageants
Chapter 6. Swords and Plowshares: Pacifist Iconography
Chapter 7. "The Practice of the Presence": Pacifist Spirituality
Chapter 8. Training for Peace: Richard Gregg and the Realignment of Pacifist Life
Chapter 9. Milking Goats for Peace: A New Paradigm
Chapter 10. "Victories without Violence": Pacifist Stories
Chapter 11. "Bad Mother": Marjorie Swann
Appendix: Hymn Texts

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"Appelbaum's treatment of mainstream Protestant pacifist culture in the decades surrounding World War II is a provocative look at pacifist thinking and practice in the relatively recent past. It is a valuable resource for scholars and students of religious and peace history.—Rachel Waltner Goossen, author of Women Against the Good War: Conscientious Objection and Gender on the American Home Front, 1941-47

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