“Discord Sown among Brethren”

Sean A. Scott

in A Visitation of God

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395990
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866557 | DOI:
“Discord Sown among Brethren”

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Northern religious division over the war climaxed with the birth of the new church movement at the end of 1863. Several ministers who supported Peace Democrat Clement Vallandigham in his gubernatorial bid in Ohio had their preaching licenses suspended by denominational leaders who considered patriotism an essential component of Christian orthodoxy. This contributed to Democratic dissidents forming new churches that denounced political preaching and purported to preach only the gospel. In reality, both pro‐war and antiwar parties appropriated Scripture to defend their political positions. Newspaper coverage devoted to churches riven by political infighting demonstrates the degree to which northern religion had been politicized by the war.

Keywords: church division; Bible interpretation; political preaching; Clement Vallandigham

Chapter.  13711 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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