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G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion

Jonathan H Ebel


G.I. Messiahs examines soldier veneration in twentieth- and twenty-first century America and argues that soldiers are the theological center of American civil religion. This book also recognizes that soldiers engage with and are shaped by the symbols, rituals, and mythologies of American civil religion and are thus its most committed, consistent practitioners. G.I. Messiahs builds this argument by examining episodes from the long American century in which the nation has interpreted itself through the bodies, words, and deeds of soldiers and by describing and analyzing soldiers’ struggles with ... More

Keywords: American civil religion, Soldiers, Military, War, Christianity, Study of religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300176704
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300176704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan H Ebel, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign