Chapter

“If God Saves Not Our Country It Must Be Lost”

Sean A. Scott

in A Visitation of God

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395990
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395990.003.0002
“If God Saves Not Our Country It Must Be Lost”

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From the secession winter to the battle of First Manassas, religious northern civilians trusted that God controlled the national destiny. The idea of providence proved to be a malleable concept used by both supporters and opponents of war. As a collective whole, the churches rallied around the Lincoln administration and used their pulpits to give divine sanction to the effort to preserve the Union, for God would accomplish his purposes through the American nation.

Keywords: providence; secession; political preaching

Chapter.  10318 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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