For over 300 years, Mennonites adhered to a strict two-kingdom theology, owing their supreme adherence to the divine kingdom whole serving as loyal, law-abiding subjects to the state in all matters that did not contradict their religious beliefs. Traditionally, Mennonites saw affairs of state as none of their business. In times of war, the Mennonite church counselled conscientious objection and spoke against military participation in either combatant or non-combatant roles. Mennonites did not serve in coercive government offices, most refused to vote or sue in courts of law and held a generally negative view of expressions of political protest to government authorities. During World War II, however, the voluntary participation of Mennonites in conscientious objector labour camps pulled Mennonite youth out of rural isolation and raised their awareness of America's social ills and their own responsibilities as Christians. In the post-war era, Mennonites were no longer "the quiet in the land", but began to articulate publicly their concerns about such issues as the draft, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war. In this study, the author explores the dramatic changes both within Mennonite communities and in their relationship with mainstream American society between the 1920s and the 1970s, as Mennonite society and culture underwent a profound transformation from seclusion to nearly complete acculturation. Congruent with their entrance into national society, Mennonites began to engage the state on a number of new issues which an older theological and behavioural tradition had previously defined as outside their sphere of concern. Bush notes that as was the case in mainstream society, it was primarily the church's youth who were the most passionately involved in the struggle to speak out against war and other concerns.
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"This book calls into question many of our assumptions about the history of church-state relations in modern America. Hence, this is an extremely valuable book." -- David Harrington Watt, Religious Studies Review
"Bush tells this story well. He has done exemplary research in Mennonite archives, and has thought deeply about his findings... I have found his historical judgments to be both acute and compassionate." -- Alan Kreider, Anabaptism Today
"Perry Bush skillfully traces the patterns of theological and behavioral changes both within the Mennonite community and in its relation to the world at large." -- Larry Gara, Ohio History
"An excellent book, well written and based upon thorough research." -- James C. Juhnke, Kansas History
"This book has accomplished a major task in a magnificent manner, and I recommend it highly as a source for how Mennonites have related to the world and have been influenced by it." -- Calvin W. Redekop, Pennsylvania Mennonite HeritageBook Description:
"Well written and persuasive, Two Kingdoms, Two Loyalties is a genuinely useful work. Bush uses the changing Mennonite response to the twentieth-century American warfare state to describe how Mennonites shifted from a predominantly rural, sectarian, and conservative religious community to an urban, middle-class religious community and remained substantially intact, despite the wrenching social and cultural changes they lived through. This is the first scholarly work to analyze how Mennonites have interacted with the larger American society over the entire span of the twentieth century." -- Albert N. Keim, Eastern Mennonite University
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0801858275
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0801858275 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW4.0449918
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University P, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110801858275