G.i. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, And American Civil Religion by Jonathan H. EbelG.i. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, And American Civil Religion by Jonathan H. Ebel

G.i. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, And American Civil Religion

byJonathan H. Ebel

Hardcover | November 24, 2015

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Jonathan Ebel has long been interested in how religion helps individuals and communities render meaningful the traumatic experiences of violence and war. In this new work, he examines cases from the Great War to the present day and argues that our notions of what it means to be an American soldier are not just strongly religious, but strongly Christian.  
Drawing on a vast array of sources, he further reveals the effects of soldier veneration on the men and women so often cast as heroes. Imagined as the embodiments of American ideals, described as redeemers of the nation, adored as the ones willing to suffer and die that we, the nation, may live—soldiers have often lived in subtle but significant tension with civil religious expectations of them. With chapters on prominent soldiers past and present, Ebel recovers and re-narrates the stories of the common American men and women that live and die at both the center and edges of public consciousness.
Jonathan H. Ebel is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a former naval intelligence officer. He is the author of Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the First World War and the co-editor, with John D. Carlson, of From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violenc...
Title:G.i. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, And American Civil ReligionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.88 inPublished:November 24, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300176708

ISBN - 13:9780300176704


Editorial Reviews

“With humility, grace, and stunning knowledge, Jonathan Ebel shows how soldiers from the Great War to the War on Terror have fought under and sometimes against the burden of civil religious incarnation. From its venturesome opening sentence to its shattering final lines, GI Messiahs is a breathtaking achievement.”— Tracy Fessenden, author of Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature