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A Peaceful ConquestWoodrow Wilson, Religion, and the New World Order$
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Cara Lea Burnidge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226232317

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226232454.001.0001

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

(p.54) 3 Blessed Are the Peacemakers
A Peaceful Conquest

Cara Lea Burnidge

University of Chicago Press

This chapter demonstrates how Wilson's administration and social Christians found common cause in the Great War. Wilson's insistence that the United States “served” other nations and sought to “make the world safe for democracy”—even by force—was central to a social gospel message that conceived of democracy and Christianity as intertwined means to achieving the kingdom of God on earth. From outside this particular, and peculiarly American, social gospel outlook, Wilson's internationalism can appear logically inconsistent. But when his specific interpretations of “equality,” “service,” and “democracy” come in to view, Wilson's approach toward internationalism crystallizes as the culmination of a specific white middle-class American Protestant movement.

Keywords:   Woodrow Wilson, social Christians, Great War, internationalism, American Protestant movement

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