"The idea that America has a civil religion has a notoriously slippery history. Raymond Haberski, Jr. gives us a wonderfully lucid and keenly perceptive account of how this idea has been variously appropriated and refashioned since World War II."
(Gary Dorrien Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University
"A self-proclaimed 'nation under God,' the United States has a pronounced affinity for war. In this illuminating and important book, Raymond Haberski explores the intimate and largely pernicious relationship between these two abiding aspects of American identity."
(Andrew J. Bacevich Boston University
“God and War perceptively reveals the component parts of America’s civil religion since 1945. It is a troubling story steeped in a mythical idea that the nation’s violence was blessed by God.”
(John Bodnar author of The Good War In American Memory
"The best book on American civil religion since The Broken Covenant. Haberski takes us up to the present day, illuminating how times of war can both summon and distort civil religion."
(Philip S. Gorski Yale University
"Haberski's analysis of civil religion in the US is timely given the recent Afghan and Iraqi wars. Haberski portrays the US as a country at a civil crossroads in search of a national identity and purpose. Whether it is the old one or a new one remains to be seen. Highly recommended."
"Raymond Haberski Jr.'s book is a valuable contribution to the rich body of work addressing American civil religion. [It is] a highly recommended, absorbing study that will be of interest to scholars and students in a wide range of disciplines, as well as to general readers."
(Journal of American History
About the Author
RAYMOND HABERSKI JR. is an associate professor of history at Marian University. He is the author of several books, including It’s Only a Movie: Films and Critics in American Culture, The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court, and Freedom to Offend: How New York Remade Movie Culture.