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(RNS) On July 1, marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Schmucker Hall, located on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary, will reopen as a museum depicting the epic battle, the costly war and the complex role of faith.

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  1. David Thompson

    The one thing we can say with near certainty is we have no idea how anyone in the Civil War felt about Christianity, unless we has supporting letters from the individual detailing their convictions. Carrying a small bible may be like carrying a lucky charm. We just don’t know and to say otherwise is pure conjecture.

    We know from Lincolns own writings that he was not a Christian, others would surely be the same.

  2. My additional comment would be: “What was the alternative?”

    Of course Christianity was there for these men. It was perfect for soothing fears and despair, and Hell sure sounded worse in comparison!

    Christianity, especially verses from Matthew, was also there for brothers to justify taking up arms against their own brothers. I hope, but hardly expect, that the museum will include stories from the types of non-believing veterans that I have found in my research. But their stories are not inspiring fluff. They speak truth, which is harder to swallow. Funny that the Bible is called the truth. We all know truth when we hear it, because we want to hear less of it.

    Without Christianity, there still would have been slavery, of course, but it would have been abandoned a lot quicker without a stubborn populace clinging to a tired dogma.

    Wait until tomorrow afternoon and you can watch the adherents of these dogmatic diatribes in action…

  1. [...] On July 1, marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Schmucker Hall, located on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, will reopen as a museum reflecting on the epic battle, the costly war, and the complex role of faith…. Read this in full at http://www.religionnews.com/2013/06/25/new-gettysburg-museum-explores-role-of-faith-in-civil-war/ [...]

  2. [...] On July 1, marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Schmucker Hall, located on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, will reopen as a museum reflecting on the epic battle, the costly war, and the complex role of faith…. Read this in full at http://www.religionnews.com/2013/06/25/new-gettysburg-museum-explores-role-of-faith-in-civil-war/ [...]

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