Meet Ronit Stahl author of Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America , on May 28th from 6:30-8:30pm.
Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America
A century ago, as the United States prepared to enter World War I, the military chaplaincy included only mainline Protestants and Catholics; today it counts Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Christian Scientists, Buddhists, Seventh-day Adventists, Hindus, and evangelicals among its ranks. Enlisting Faith traces the uneven processes through which the military struggled with, encouraged, and regulated religious pluralism over the twentieth century. Moving from the battlefields of Europe to the jungles of Vietnam and between the forests of Civilian Conservation Corps camps and meetings in government offices, Enlisting Faith is a vivid portrayal of religious encounters, state regulation, and the trials of faith―in God and country―experienced by the millions of Americans who fought in and with the armed forces.
" Enlisting Faith vividly explores American military commanders’ century-long war to force their soldiers’ multifarious religious faiths inside the myth of a pristine Anglo-Saxon Protestant nation. Startling, incisive, and gorgeously written.” —Jon Butler, author of Becoming America
From Ronit's website
"I am a historian of modern America. My work focuses on pluralism in American society by examining how politics, law, and religion interact in spaces such as the military and medicine.
My current research examines the rise of institutional and corporate rights of conscience in health care. This project weaves together the court decisions, legislation, medical and bioethical arguments, religious ideas, and lived experiences that shaped the disparate trajectories of reproductive healthcare, LGBT healthcare, and of end-of-life care from the 1970s to the present. In untangling how and why uneven patterns of rights for women, sexual minorities, people of color, immigrants, and people with disabilities emerged, I explore how religion has influenced health care as well as how law, politics, and culture have framed religious arguments about medicine. Although conventional accounts often frame conscience conflicts as religious versus secular, I focus on the inter- and intra-religious debates that occur within institutions, policy, and public discourse."