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Faith and WarHow Christians Debated the Cold and Vietnam Wars$
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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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(p.161) Conclusion
Faith and War

David E. Settje

NYU Press

This concluding chapter looks at the decline of foreign policy debates, and the collapse of South Vietnam. By 1975, much of America had grown tired of foreign policy debates and many entities lost interest in global issues. Indeed, Christian sources that had previously contained numerous and lengthy articulations of foreign affairs viewpoints had much less of such discussions. Yet other Christians remained aware of both the Cold and Vietnam wars in their print media, assemblies, and churchwide discussions. The collapse of South Vietnam spurred Christianity Today to appeal for assistance for the refugees who swarmed out of that country. Ultimately, the influx of refugees united Christians in a humanitarian outpouring of goodwill for these people, demonstrating that “whatever one thinks about the Vietnam War, the refugees should be extended a genuine welcome as fellow human beings.”

Keywords:   foreign policy debates, South Vietnam, Cold War, Vietnam War, Christianity Today, American Christianity

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