The Cross Of War: Christian Nationalism And U.s. Expansion In The Spanish-american War by Matthew McculloughThe Cross Of War: Christian Nationalism And U.s. Expansion In The Spanish-american War by Matthew Mccullough

The Cross Of War: Christian Nationalism And U.s. Expansion In The Spanish-american War

byMatthew Mccullough

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The Cross of War documents the rise of “messianic interventionism”—the belief that America can and should intervene altruistically on behalf of other nations. This stance was first embraced in the Spanish-American War of 1898, a war that marked the dramatic emergence of the United States as an active world power and set the stage for the foreign policy of the next one hundred years. Responding to the circumstances of this war, an array of Christian leaders carefully articulated and defended the notion that America was responsible under God to extend freedom around the world—by force, if necessary. Drawing from a wide range of sermons and religious periodicals across regional and denominational lines, Matthew McCullough describes the ways that many American Christians came to celebrate military intervention as a messianic sacrifice, to trace the hand of God in a victory more painless and complete than anyone had imagined, and to justify the shift in American foreign policy as a divine calling.

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Matthew McCullough earned a PhD in American religious history from Vanderbilt University and serves as the pastor of Trinity Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Title:The Cross Of War: Christian Nationalism And U.s. Expansion In The Spanish-american WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:August 20, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chronology of Events                        
 
Introduction                           
1 "The Cross of War": Justifying a New Kind of Sacrifice, Defining a New Kind of War               
2 Clash of Civilizations: Spain As Enemy and the Crystallization of American Messianism                      
3 "The Hand of God in the Nation's Victory": Providence, American Success, and the Meaning of National History                   
4 To Anglo-Saxonize the World: Racial Providentialism and the American Mission                       
5 Duty and Destiny: Messianic Interventionism and the Ideology of American Expansion            
Conclusion                 
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index

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“Adds depth and texture to an episode that may have marked a significant turning point in the growth of an outward-directed Christian nationalism.”—Journal of Ecclesiastical History