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A historic research of the how quite a few American non secular teams answered to the Vietnam warfare, either in help and in competition.

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57See, for instance, DeBenedetti and Chatfield, An American Ordeal, passim, but particularly p. 402. SBThe amorphous nature of the God of civil religion sometimes leads to treatments of the nation as self-transcendent and, perhaps, the object of worship itself. The close links of civil religion to the dominant Christianity of the colonial and early national period make this question of God a tricky one. See, for instance, Marty, "Two Kinds of Two Kinds of Civil Religion," 150, and Mead, "The Nation with the Soul of a Church," in 34 The exemplar and protagonist of freedom and democracy in the world, the United States has been understood as more moral than other nations.

Prior to World War II pacifists increasingly adopted the idea of nonviolent activism—that is, working for reform and actively opposing government policy deemed improper or immoral, rather than a more traditional passive withdrawal from society. , made it central to the civil rights movement—even when engaging in civil disobedience. 48On the relationship of the civil rights movement to the development of religious opposition to the Vietnam War, see Mark Oppenheimer, Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003), 213-215; DeBenedetti and Chatfield, An American Ordeal, 92; and Gill, "Peace is not the Absence of War," 82.

S. assumed following World War II and the Cold War gave rise to a more widespread analysis of the nation's selfunderstanding and foreign policy. " (Irony of American History, 5) 39 it was the ability of sin to delude individuals and communities with the conviction of their own goodness. Niebuhr saw that delusion as all too prevalent in the United States. S. and all other nations—his way of describing the exceptionalism of civil religion. That belief, he thought, would prove disastrous if unchecked.

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