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Faith in the Fight:
Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War
Jonathan H. Ebel

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"Ebel's first book, which helps fill the vast empty spaces of American religious historiography, is a truly fine work that displays expert research and storytelling abilities. . . . We should look forward to more of Ebel's work. His book on 'trench religion' will become the standard book on religious faith of the forgotten men and women during the forgotten war."--Matthew Lewis Sutton, Journal of Church History

"Ebel has written an excellent book that deserves a wide readership. . . . [T]he book is an excellent fit for graduate seminars and should interest scholars looking at the specific period or religion and war in general."--Steve Longenecker, Journal of American History

"Faith in the Fight represents a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on the American experience of the Great War."--Edward Madigan, Religion, State and Society

"Faith in the Fight raises interesting questions about American culture and life, and it offers some valid insights into that culture."--Fred R. van Hartesveldt, Anglican and Episcopal History Reviews

"Faith in the Fight contributes a well researched and written addition to the understanding of a war that many Americans relegate to secondary or tertiary status. . . . As we approach the World War I centennial, this is a masterful work that should reignite historiographical interest in this vital event in the nation's history."--David E. Settje, Lutheran Quarterly

"[T]he book is an important contribution to the growing literature on war and American religion."--Jennifer Graber, Religious Studies Review


"In this book, Jonathan Ebel focuses on the Great War and the jolt it delivered to devout young American Christian soldiers. How were they to interpret this bloodletting and their own role in it? Where was God in the vast and terrible story of war? Where was God in relation to America? With keen sensitivity, Ebel takes up these and other questions. His book adds a fascinating and indispensable chapter to the scholarship on World War I."--Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of Sovereignty: God, State, and Self

"In this beautiful and poignant book, Jonathan Ebel draws on the letters and diaries of American soldiers of the First World War to illuminate how they understood their service to be a religious calling. Anyone who thinks about the morality of war must read this book."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University Divinity School

"Employing a wide variety of sources, Jonathan Ebel reconstructs the religious meaning of World War I for American soldiers and civilians, and his findings are highly revisionary. The conventional wisdom has been that the Civil War was the last 'romantic' war and that cynicism and disillusionment have ruled ever since. Yet when Ebel actually looks at the evidence, a very different picture emerges--one of deep-seated faith and an idealistic belief in America as a Christian nation."--Harry S. Stout, Yale University

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