: Uncategorized : Written by Shmuel Ben-Gad : 09-11-2012
‘God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945,’ by Ramond Haberski Jr., is a history of the way religion has been used in American politics since the end of World War II, especially regarding war (including the cold war). Haberski, a history professor at Marian University, discusses how various presidents have related to and used religion in this regard, as well as clerics and intellectuals. He sees the use of religion as pretty ubiquitous, though varied in purpose and effect. Unfortunately, he doesn’t provide a clear conception of civil religion, and without that, we cannot know if it really is necessary and good in general or in any particular instance. . . .