Part Two of this month’s topic explores the massive expansion of the Chaplain Corps during World War II and the response to moral tensions surrounding the Vietnam War. Last week, Part One explored the quest for religious pluralism in U.S. military chaplaincy over the last century, focusing on its mobilization during World War I (if you missed it, you can listen to it here). Next week, Part Three will look at the experience of women in military chaplaincy and the state of the institution today.
Ronit Y. Stahl is the author of Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017). The book received the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History for 2018. The Brewer Prize is awarded for outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author. Stahl has also written numerous articles and essays. A historian of modern America, she focuses on how law, policies, and institutions both foster and hinder religious pluralism in American society. She is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.