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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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Bibles, Not Bombs

Bibles, Not Bombs

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The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of the American Bible Society (ABS) in Europe following World War II. It shows the way that the ABS met the needs of Germans and Russians in the wake of the war by providing them with Bibles as a way to help them rebuild after the destruction of war and to prevent the spread of communism. This chapter also extends the American idea of spreading Christian civilization in Europe and around the world. American presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower connected their attempts at containing communism in the wake of the war to the advancement of Christianity.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Germany, Bible, World War II, Harry Truman, Carl McIntire, John Foster Dulles, Communism, containment

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