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North American Churches and the Cold War
HARDCOVER; Published: 8/23/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7526-6
Price: $ 73.99
611 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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History textbooks typically list 1945–1990 as the Cold War years, but it is clear that tensions from that period are still influencing world politics today. While much attention is given to political and social responses to those first nuclear threats, none has been given to the reactions of Christian churches. North American Churches and the Cold War offers the first systematic reflection on the diverse responses of Canadian and American churches to potential nuclear disaster.

A mix of scholars and church leaders, the contributors analyze the anxieties, dilemmas, and hopes that Christian churches felt as World War II gave way to the nuclear age. As they faced either nuclear annihilation or peaceful reconciliation, Christians were forced to take stands on such issues as war, communism, and their relationship to Christians in Eastern Europe. As we continue to navigate the nuclear era, this book provides insight into Chris-tian responses to future adversities and conflicts.


William Alexander Blaikie Nadieszda Kizenko
James Christie John Lindner
Nicholas Denysenko David Little
Gary Dorrien Joseph Loya
Mark Thomas Edwards Paul Mojzes
Peter Eisenstadt Andrei V. Psarev
Jill K. Gill Bruce Rigdon
Michael Graziano Walter Sawatsky
Barbara Green Axel R. Schäfer
Raymond Haberski Jr. Todd Scribner
Jeremy Hatfield Gayle Thrift
Gordon L. Heath Steven M. Tipton
D. Oliver Herbel Frederick Trost
Norman Hjelm Lucian Turcescu
Daniel G. Hummel Charles West
Dianne Kirby James E. Will
Leonid Kishkovsky Lois Wilson

Reading Religion

"This volume is an important and welcome addition to the burgeoning scholarship on religion and the Cold War. The contributions succeed in capturing many of the key dynamics of the Christian experience during the Cold War and, unlike many recent works on religion and foreign policy or politics, this book does not focus on just one expression of Christianity. The inclusion of the section on Eastern Orthodox Christianity is particularly novel and necessary. Taken as a whole, this volume presents a wide-ranging—if at times impressionistic—picture of the deep divides that existed within North American churches about the nature of the Cold War and the threats it posed to faith communities as well as to the nations of Canada and the United States."