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Religions 2017, 8(1), 6; doi:10.3390/rel8010006

America’s “Peculiar Children”: Authority and Christian Nationalism at Antebellum West Point

Department of Philosophy and World Religions, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614, USA
Academic Editor: Mark T. Edwards
Received: 2 October 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 29 December 2016 / Published: 6 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christian Nationalism in the United States)
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This essay examines how the United States Military Academy at West Point developed an explicitly “federal” Christianity to help train the antebellum officers of the United States Army. It begins by examining how the Episcopal Church was quietly “established” at West Point, and how the church allied with the federal government and US Army to encourage a potent Christian nationalism that collapsed the sovereignty of the United States into the sovereignty of God. The case of West Point illustrates how federal officials, Army leaders, and Academy administrators understood religion as a central component of national security. View Full-Text
Keywords: nationalism; military; Christianity; authority; education; antebellum; civil war nationalism; military; Christianity; authority; education; antebellum; civil war
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Graziano, M. America’s “Peculiar Children”: Authority and Christian Nationalism at Antebellum West Point. Religions 2017, 8, 6.

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