This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to help readers see pacifism through broader lenses, especially those of American religion, culture, and history. The focus is on mainline Protestantism, which constituted the center of public religious pacifism in the United States during the large-scale peace movement after World War I. The book argues that that religious pacifism was, and by implication is, a culture, not only an ethical or moral commitment. It traces continuity and change through cultural practices rather than through the usual approaches of intellectual and political history. The book looks at eight dimensions of the culture: social networks, theology, performance, iconography, individual spiritual practice, rituals of identity, narratives, and material culture.
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