Religious Meaning of the Civil War Response to Peers

Instructions: Respond to all discussion posts separately (number them please). Write whether you agree or disagree to the writing utilizing at least 100 words for each discussion post. Responses are to make a substantive point.

Module 3: Discussion 1 — Religious Meaning of the Civil War

 Response to Peers

  1. Themes of sacrifice and redemption were important during the Civil War. What did it mean then to understand death and suffering in a theological way? How and why did the war come to take on a transcendent meaning, or a “holy quality,” as David Blight, in “God in America – A Nation Reborn,” calls it?

When the war started, it was viewed by abolitionists as the day of judgment from God for the sin of slavery (Koester, 2015). Many abolitionists who fought to end slavery thought that in order for America to redeem itself from the sin of slavery, bloodshed was the sacrifice that had to occur. For example, John Brown was an abolitionist in Virginia who attempted to lead a slave revolt. Although unsuccessful, many Northerners praised him and his cause as righteous (Koester, 2015). The lives sacrificed during the war were seen as God’s work. The blood shed during the war was said to cleanse the nation and the country would be rewarded by God with a fresh, new era (Koester, 2015). Even Abraham Lincoln stated, “the war was God’s judgment on the whole nation-not just the south-for the sin of slavery.”

The Civil War was viewed by many as a time for America to redeem itself in order to fulfill its future missions in the world through foreign policy. The Civil War was described as a period of rebirth for the nation, much like the messages preached of rebirth during revivals. Death and suffering during the war was understood to be a necessary evil in order for the nation to be cleansed and progress. I do believe both sides were saddened by the lives lost during the war and the blood that was shed but used the “cleansing of the nation” as a justification for the war to provide comfort as to why the war had to happen.

According to the video, the war came to take on a “holy quality” because it became a war about “God’s will.” Northerners saw slavery as an abomination in God’s eyes and it should cease. Some abolitionists believed slavery should end gradually and others wanted an immediate end to slavery. The southerners viewed slavery as being part of God’s will because it could be backed up by scriptures in the Bible. Prior to the war, Abraham Lincoln was not a Christian, although he kept the Christian teachings he was raised with. It wasn’t until during the war that he changed his relationship with God and accepted Christianity. Because of his new enlightenment, Lincoln decided to free the slaves because he was told by God to do so. Frederick Douglas also believed that the war was a war between angels and Satan, angels being those fighting against slavery, including himself. Because of all these religious and spiritual references that were made and revealed during this war, it was no longer a regular war simply based on opposing views but is a war involving a “holy quality” as well.



Koester, N. (2015). Introduction to the History of Christianity in the United States. Minneapolis: Fortress Press



  1. Themes of sacrifice and redemption were important during the Civil War. What did it mean then to understand death and suffering in a theological way? How and why did the war come to take on a transcendent meaning, or a “holy quality,” as David Blight, in “God in America – A Nation Reborn,” calls it?

The northern activists and southern slaveholders differ over the issue of slavery. Each gathering utilized the Bible to clarify its motivation. Abolitionists asserted that individuals who called themselves Christians could figure out how to shield the evils of subjugation. Protestant division split proclaiming that God was supporting them. Leaders who put stock in disclosure defied the losses of the war particularly after Lincoln’s child passed on. Lincoln then started an otherworldly change that changed his inward life and his perspective of God and the common war.

The war was both religious and political. There were progressing disputes throughout America about what God was doing through the war.They trusted that the thought said that the country had a unique predetermination in front of them. It motivated Lincoln to reevaluate his comprehension of God and the totally divine reason to the general population of America. Lincoln passed away after he gave a speech that had a profound message. Numerous devotees viewed Lincoln as a martyr.

Individuals have since a long time ago recognized the common war with the religious value of redemption. The war increased religious esteem in light of the idea of slavery had a negating importance among various sections. It prompts the split of the Methodists, Presbyterians and the Baptist church, bringing about the partition of the north and the south. Preservationists religions of the north and south concurred over noteworthy issues however not the matter of bondage.

The southern district grasped their religion and viewed it as holy. It made the others fell that their religion did not get the esteem it has and, along these lines, battle for the notoriety of their religion. It brought about a common religion that trusted in abolitionist bondage Biblical understanding that developed to suit the way of life and the solid convictions. Subjection was not an adequate thing as indicated by the old scriptural setting. It was, in this way without wanting to. The religious categories battled as a method for conveying administration to the Almighty b guarding His religion.

All in all, forfeit and reclamation was a vital mainstay of the common war. Christian trusted that their enduring amid the war irreverence their solid confidence in their confidence and the preparation to secure it no matter what. It, consequently, the religious premise of the war yielded the otherworldly quality.

Reference (2010). A Nation Reborn (Episode 3). God in America