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The Realist–Pacifist Summit Meeting of March 1942 and the Political Reorientation of Ecumenical Protestantism in the United States

David A. Hollinger

in After Cloven Tongues of Fire

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780691158426
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400845996
The Realist–Pacifist Summit Meeting of March 1942 and the Political Reorientation of Ecumenical Protestantism in the United States

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This chapter analyzes the consolidation in 1942 of the two major, religiously defined institutional forces of the entire period from World War II to the present. The Delaware Conference of March 3–5, 1942, was the first moment at which rival groups within the leadership of ecumenical Protestantism came together and agreed upon an agenda for the postwar world. The chapter addresses the following questions: Just what did the Delaware Conference agree upon and proclaim to the world? Which Protestant leaders were present at the conference and/or helped to bring it about and to endow it with the character of a summit meeting? In what respects did the new political orientation established at the conference affect the destiny of ecumenical Protestantism?

Keywords: Protestantism; pacifists; realists; Protestants; religion; ecumenical Protestantism

Chapter.  11787 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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