By Jonathan P. Herzog
In his farewell tackle, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the country of the perils of the military-industrial complicated. yet as Jonathan Herzog exhibits during this insightful background, Eisenhower had spent his presidency contributing to a different, lesser identified, chilly warfare collaboration: the spiritual-industrial complex.
This attention-grabbing quantity exhibits that American leaders within the early chilly struggle years thought of the clash to be profoundly non secular; they observed Communism not just as godless but additionally as a sinister kind of faith. battling religion with religion, they intentionally used non secular ideals and associations as a part of the plan to defeat the Soviet enemy. Herzog bargains an illuminating account of the ensuing spiritual-industrial complicated, chronicling the rhetoric, the courses, and the guidelines that turned its hallmarks. He indicates that famous activities just like the addition of the phrases ''under God'' to the Pledge of Allegiance have been a small a part of a miles better and comparatively unexplored application that promoted faith national. Herzog exhibits how those efforts performed out in parts of yankee lifestyles either predictable and unexpected--from pulpits and presidential appeals to nationwide religion drives, army education barracks, public college school rooms, and Hollywood epics. thousands of american citizens have been bombarded with the message that the spiritual couldn't be Communists, only a brief step from the all-too-common end that the irreligious couldn't be actual americans.
Though the spiritual-industrial advanced declined within the Nineteen Sixties, its statutes, monuments, and sentiments survive as bulwarks opposed to secularism and as reminders that the state rests upon the foundation of spiritual religion. They proceed to function important allies for these protecting where of faith in American lifestyles