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David E. Settje

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741337

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741337.001.0001

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Christianity Confronts Cold War Nixon Policies, 1969–1973

Christianity Confronts Cold War Nixon Policies, 1969–1973

(p.95) 3 Christianity Confronts Cold War Nixon Policies, 1969–1973
Faith and War

David E. Settje

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Christian America's reactions to Richard M. Nixon's own brand of foreign policy, which promised to reduce tension between the United States, the USSR, and the PRC. Nixon earnestly supported negotiations with the Soviet Union over the arms race with the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties (SALT). SALT I, signed in May 1972, limited antiballistic missile sites and froze ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles) to their current levels. Liberal Christians admired Nixon's efforts with the SALT talks but felt that they did not go far enough since they allowed for too many loopholes. Conservatives examined them cautiously, afraid of any compromise with communism. Many others stood somewhere in between, with a fear of the USSR but hope that such diplomatic ties could really bring world peace.

Keywords:   Christian America, Richard M. Nixon, foreign policy, Soviet Union, arms race, SALT, communism, USSR

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