Item description for The Faith of the American Soldier by Stephen Mansfield...
Since men and women in battle not only face the prospect of their own deaths but also must fashion a moral rationale for killing, the battlefield is often a place of tremendous religious transformation.
Do men and women at war revert to the faith of their youth or do they gravitate to the spirituality around them? Do they lose all faith in the face of horror, or do they piece together an informal faith that simply gets them through the fight? Are they better warriors and do they experience less post-traumatic stress if they believe their war is righteous and that they are agents of good? These are the questions Stephen Mansfield addresses in The Faith of the American Soldier.
The book opens with the core question which lies at the heart of the matter: what happens religiously to America's warriors when they go to battle, and what impact does this have on the nation's conduct of war? Mansfield surveys America's wars from a theological perspective in order to understand the theological framing and religious rationale for each, where they came from, and what effect they had on behavior on the battlefield.
Mansfield examines the religious nature of the warrior ethic today. There is a new generation on the battlefield now, one raised with less religious training and less connection to history than any that has come before. Soldiers are left to their own religious choices to frame their moral perspectives on war, on killing, and on the possibility of death. Mansfield explores these choices through the lens of his deep respect for the military -- he comes from a long line of U.S. Army officers -- and from his background as a Ph.D. in American history, and his more than twenty years' experience as a pastor.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Brilliance Audio Unabridged Lib Ed
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Apr 30, 2005
Publisher Brilliance Audio Unabridged Lib Ed
ISBN 1596003863 ISBN13 9781596003866
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen Mansfield
Stephen Mansfield is the author of numerous books on history and leadership, including The Faith of George W. Bush, a New York Times bestseller.
Stephen Mansfield currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen Mansfield was born in 1958.
Stephen Mansfield has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Faith of the American Soldier?
Propaganda at best Apr 13, 2008
This book is nothing more than propaganda, written and packaged in a manner that attempts to incite the patriotism of the readers in order to bring them to the author's obviously biased point of view. The author frequently cites statistics without source and uses one-sided examples and stories to prove his point. As an American Soldier (Marine), I am offended by the presumptions made within the book on the lack of morality of servicemembers who may not believe in the author's particular God.
Propaganda at best. Apr 13, 2008
This book is nothing more than propaganda, written and packaged in a manner that attempts to incite the patriotism of the readers in order to bring them to the author's obviously biased point of view. The author frequently cites statistics without source and uses one-sided examples and stories to prove his point. As an American Soldier (Marine), I am offended by the presumptions made within the book on the lack of morality of those servicemembers who may not believe in the author's particular God.
Mansfield, Stephen. The Faith of an American Soldier Dec 31, 2007
I bought the book for my brother-in-law for his birthday on the recommendation of my sister. I have heard him interviewed and was impressed with what he said about his experience in Iraq. The disappointment I have was the length of time it took for the book to be shipped. I was not impressed with the this site affliated book dealer using the full 10 business days to ship a book. If offered I would have paid more to get the book shipped sooner.
-C. in FL
Disappointing.... Dec 31, 2007
The title captured my interest but the negativity expressed through some of the descriptions of battle scenes bothered me especially since I have active military experience. Gross descriptions of allied soldiers killing Iraqis and then questioning motives did nothing other than undermine the reason the soldier is serving. Drawing quotes from Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 film disappointed me as I do not see Mr. Moore as a credible authority on the war and the American soldier. A little more independent thought from Mr. Mansfield would have made better use of my time. I do NOT recommend this book unless you are anti-war and looking for reasons to criticize our troops.
An insightful look into the American soldier's faith Dec 27, 2007
Spent a $1 on this book at a local dollar store, but after reading it would willingly pay retail price. Stephen Manfield in this book does well explaining the relationship of faith and religion to the soldier on the battlefield and how it serves and inspires our soldiers in addition to helping them cope with the effects of war. Provides historical prespectives and examples throughout. Also explains how Chaplains are hindered in their functions and often torn between the separation of church and state that has become especially popular in government these days. Inspiring and well worth the read!!