Religion and War
Exploring the Issues
by Timothy J. Demy and Gina Granados Palmer
October 2022, 255pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7390-4
$44, £34, 39€, A61
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During the American Civil War, Americans on both sides of the conflict sought divine favor for victory, appealed to religious texts to bolster political views, and mixed religious and political themes of death, sacrifice, and rebirth to such an extent that they became commonplace in American civil religion.

Looking at topics across the spectrum of America's wars, religious groups, personalities, and ideas, this volume shows that even in an increasingly secular society, religious roots and values run deep throughout American society and are elevated in times of war.

There is a long and deep relationship between religion, politics, and war in U.S. history. While there is a constitutional and legal separation of religion and the state in American society, religion has been and remains a potent force in American culture and politics affecting many aspects of life, including perspectives on war and peace and the experience of war in U.S. history. From the American Revolution to the wars of the 21st century, religious values have informed and influenced American attitudes toward war and peace and have provided rationale for support and non-support of American participation in conflicts.

An overview essay surveys the background and significance of religion in American culture and provides historical context for discussions of contemporary topics. A timeline highlights key events related to wars and conflicts. The volume then includes more than 50 topical essays that discuss specific wars as well as religious themes within culture and politics, ultimately providing a detailed overview of the intersection of religion, war, and politics in contemporary America.


  • Features roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries that provide objective, fundamental information about topics related to religion and war, with an emphasis on modern society
  • Includes entry bibliographies that direct users to specific sources with additional information
  • Features a timeline that identifies key developments related to conflicts throughout American history
  • Emphasizes that there is not a single or unified perspective on religion and war in the United States.
Timothy J. Demy, ThD, PhD, is professor of military ethics at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI. He is the author and editor of numerous articles, encyclopedia entries, and books on the subjects of war, peace, politics, religion, and security. Among his writings are ABC-CLIO's Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia and Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict (both co-edited with Jeffrey M. Shaw) as well as The Reformers on War, Peace, and Justice and Christianity, War, and Peace: Questions and Answers from a Just-War Perspective. He earned his ThM and ThD from Dallas Theological Seminary, a PhD from Salve Regina University, and master's degrees from the University of Cambridge and the U.S. Naval War College. He served previously as a U.S. Navy chaplain for 27 years.

Gina Granados Palmer is assistant professor of leadership and ethics at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI. Her work focuses on leadership, ethics, technology, war, and the balance between diplomacy and defense. She has published articles on artificial intelligence and future warfare as well as on the just war tradition. Palmer received a PhD in humanities and technology from Salve Regina University, an MLA degree in international relations from Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education, and a BS in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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