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Enlisting Faith: An Afternoon Book Talk
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Enlisting Faith: An Afternoon Book Talk

April 30 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Historian Ronit Y. Stahl will join us to discuss her book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America. There will be opportunities after the discussion to purchase books.

In her words, “My book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017), traces the uneven processes through which the military struggled with, encouraged, and regulated religious pluralism over the twentieth century. Just as the state relied on religion to sanction war and sanctify death, so too did religious groups seek recognition and legitimacy as American faiths… war and military service placed chaplains at the center of debates that defined modern American life: questions about religious pluralism and sectarianism to be sure, but also racial justice and gender equality, imperial ambitions and global obligations, state-perpetrated violence and death, sexuality and family life, legal rights and educational opportunities.”

Ronit Y. Stahl is a fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis from 2014-16. I received my Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 2014. Her research examines the rise of institutional and corporate rights of conscience in health care.


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