First let me apologize for the continual change to this blog’s appearance. For some reason I get bored with the look of it and find a need to explore other possibilities. I’m sure I was an interior decorator in a past life.
The other day I posted some concerns about so-called Christian studies of the Civil War. As many of you now know it led to an interesting dialog with a fellow blogger who challenged some of the assumptions that lay behind the post. I wish the focus would have been more on the specific points made, but that was not to be. Anyway, I thought I would offer a short reading list for those of you who are interested in historical studies that actually take religion seriously.
This list doesn’t even constitute the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to offer any additional suggestions. I did not attempt to be inclusive; many of these studies offer broad interpretations of the Civil War and religion. The titles in the last section should give you some idea of why Americans continue to interpret Confederate generals such as Lee, Jackson, and Stuart as religious icons that almost appear to stand outside of history entirely. Happy reading!