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Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973
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Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973

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American Evangelicals on War

Evangelicals are warmongering nationalists—right?

Many assume that evangelicals have always shared the ideology and approach of the Moral Majority. But the truth is much more complex. Historically, evangelical rank and file have not held to one position about war; instead, they are strewn across the spectrum from love of peace to glorying in war.

In Swords and Plowshares, Timothy Padgett complicates our common perceptions of evangelical attitudes towards war and peace. Evangelical leaders regularly wrote about the temporal and eternal implications of war from World War II to the Vietnam War. Padgett allows us to see firsthand how these evangelicals actually spoke about war and love of country.

Instead of blind ideologues we meet concerned people of conviction struggling to reconcile the demands of a world in turmoil with the rule of the Prince of peace.

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.


  • Introduction
  • Prelude to War, 1937–1941
  • The Conflagration, 1942–1945
  • Plowshares Into Swords, 1946–1949
  • Turning East, 1950–1953
  • A Tense Peace, 1954–1958
  • Battles Near and Far, 1959–1963
  • Almost Armageddon, 1964–1968
  • The End of War, 1969–1973
  • Conclusions

Product Details

  • Title: Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973
  • Author: Timothy Padgett
  • Series: Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683591061

About Timothy Padgett

Timothy D. Padgett (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the Managing Editor of with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His research interests focus on the way Christians argue for diverse viewpoints while sharing a common biblical foundation—particularly regarding the relationship between church and state, Christ and culture, and war and peace.