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Author Loveland, Anne C., 1938- author

Title Change and conflict in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps since 1945 / Anne C. Loveland
Edition First edition
Published Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 349 pages)
Series Legacies of war
Legacies of war.
Contents Introduction: Army chaplains in cultural transition -- Teaching the religion of democracy -- The sixties watershed -- Chaplains under fire -- Navigating the quagmire -- Ministering to the military institution -- "The conscience of the Army" -- Ministering on the battlefield -- Building soldier morale -- Addressing religious pluralism -- The 2005/2006 culture war -- Developing a culture of pluralism -- Epilogue
Summary Army chaplains have long played an integral part in America's armed forces. In addition to conducting chapel activities on military installations and providing moral and spiritual support on the battlefield, they conduct memorial services for fallen soldiers, minister to survivors, offer counsel on everything from troubled marriages to military bureaucracy, and serve as families' points of contact for wounded or deceased soldiers--all while risking the dangers of combat alongside their troops. In this thoughtful study, Anne C. Loveland examines the role of the army chaplain since World War II, revealing how the corps has evolved in the wake of cultural and religious upheaval in American society and momentous changes in U.S. strategic relations, warfare, and weaponry. From 1945 to the present, Loveland shows, army chaplains faced several crises that reshaped their roles over time. She chronicles the chaplains' initiation of the Character Guidance program as a remedy for the soaring rate of venereal disease among soldiers in occupied Europe and Japan after World War II, as well as chaplains' response to the challenge of increasing secularism and religious pluralism during the "culture wars" of the Vietnam Era."Religious accommodation," evangelism and proselytizing, public prayer, and "spiritual fitness"provoked heated controversy among chaplains as well as civilians in the ensuing decades. Then, early in the twenty-first century, chaplains themselves experienced two crisis situations: one the result of the Vietnam-era antichaplain critique, the other a consequence of increasing religious pluralism, secularization, and sectarianism within the Chaplain Corps, as well as in the army and the civilian religious community. By focusing on army chaplains' evolving, sometimes conflict-ridden relations with military leaders and soldiers on the one hand and the civilian religious community on the other, Loveland reveals how religious trends over the past six decades have impacted the corps and, in turn, helped shape American military culture. Anne C. Loveland is T. Harry Williams Professor Emerita at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Southern Evangelicals and the Social Order, 1800--1860 and American Evangelicals and the U. S. Military, 1942--1993
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject United States. Army -- Chaplains -- History.
United States. Army -- Religious life.
United States. Army. Chaplain Corps -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Army. Chaplain Corps -- History -- 21st century.
Soldiers -- Religious life -- United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1621900797 (electronic bk)
9781621900795 (electronic bk)
Other Titles Change and conflict in the United States Army Chaplain Corps since 1945