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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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Formulations of Church and State

Formulations of Church and State

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(p.159) Conclusion Formulations of Church and State
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A Peaceful Conquest
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Cara Lea Burnidge

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226232454.003.0008

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It discusses how American religion, domestic politics, and foreign relations in the early twentieth century were closely related to one another. It argues that Wilsonians sacrificed their relationship to American evangelicalism so that their ultimate goal could be met through U.S. foreign relations. The social salvation they sought was not an otherworldly life for individual souls but rather a global society modeled after American democracy. As the United States established its empire through peaceful, brotherly relations, these Americans believed social salvation would follow. Wilson and the Covenant of the League of Nations, then, paved the way for social Christians to make a peaceful conquest of the state to fulfill the ends of the church.

Keywords:   Woodrow Wilson, foreign relations, domestic politics, American religion, evangelicalism, social salvation

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