God and Sea Power: The Influence of Religion on Alfred Thayer Maha

By Suzanne Geissler

Gallons of ink were used interpreting Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan's recommendations, his naval theories, and his contribution to sea energy.
One important element of his existence, notwithstanding, has been neglected or misunderstood via many students: his non secular faith.
Mahan was once a professing Christian who took his religion with the maximum seriousness, and for this reason, his worldview was once inherently Christian. He wrote and spoke commonly on spiritual concerns, some extent usually overlooked by way of many historians.
This is a basic mistake, for a deeper and extra exact knowing of Mahan as someone and as a naval theorist will be received via a significant exam of his non secular beliefs.

"God and Sea Power" is the 1st paintings to check in an in depth and contextual means how Mahan's religion prompted his perspectives on conflict, politics, and international kinfolk.

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No matter what else Unitarianism was once, it was once on no account Christian and not will be. while Eliot speculated at the destiny, Mahan “appeal[ed] to heritage during which Jesus Christ as soon as lived in the world and as resurrected Lord nonetheless acted. ”248 To Mahan there has been no universal floor among orthodox Christianity and Unitarianism in this element. Jesus used to be both God or he used to be now not. Mahan additionally expounded at size at the motivation of Christians during the centuries. Following an exceptional instructor wouldn't clarify why such a lot of had died or risked their lives and have been nonetheless doing so within the identify of Jesus.

ATM to Ashe, Dec. 12, 1858, LPATM, 1:34. ninety two. Ibid. , 1:34. ninety three. ATM, Sail to Steam, eighty five. ninety four. Ibid. ninety five. Ibid. , 87. ninety six. Ibid. , 85–86. ninety seven. Seager, ATM, 29; Puleston, Mahan, 25–26; ATM to Ashe, may well 1, 1859, LPATM, 1:78. ninety eight. Seager, ATM, 21, 14. ninety nine. Puleston, Mahan, 26; ATM to Ashe, June 1, July 31, 1859, LPATM, 1:82–85. a hundred. ATM, Sail to Steam, 103; Puleston, Mahan, 27. one hundred and one. ATM to Ashe, July 31, 1859, LPATM, 1:85. 102. ATM to Ashe, Oct. five, 1860, ATM to C. S. Newcome, Oct. 10, 1861, ATM to Ashe, July 26, 1884, LPATM, 1:88, ninety, 573.

He was once then in short in Newport and the kids have been in Bar Harbor traveling with their grandmother Evans. the 1st letter, dated July nine, 1890, was once primarily a homily at the improvement of Christian personality. The instant factor that encouraged it was once that “Mamma has informed me that you simply had requested her the way you can make your self deal with people whom you don't certainly love. ” Mahan praised her for spotting this trait and reassured her that it used to be now not “a fault or sin, for that you are initially liable.

Miles, Nov. 22, 1888, LPATM, 1:666–69. This letter used to be consequently released in USNIP 15 (1889): 57–60. sixteen. Luce to Theodore Roosevelt, Feb. thirteen, 1888, Theodore Roosevelt Papers, LC; Hayes and Hattendorf, Writings of Stephen B. Luce, 33; Hattendorf, Simpson, and Wadleigh, Sailors and students, 28. at the Mahan-Roosevelt courting see Richard W. Turk, The Ambiguous dating: Theodore Roosevelt and Alfred Thayer Mahan (New York: Praeger, 1987); and Warren Zimmermann, First nice Triumph: How 5 americans Made Their kingdom an international energy (New York: Straus & Giroux, 2002).

He declined seeing that he had too many initiatives entering into Baltimore that required his realization. The professorship used to be left vacant for the instant, even if he was once re-elected the next June and he permitted. regrettably, he fell ailing in August and died on September three, by no means having made it again to long island. 128 Alfred acquired permission to wait the funeral in Baltimore, the one identified member of the Mahan kinfolk to wait. Milo’s biographer has left us an account of his funeral; it used to be choked with the excessive Church ceremonial he so enjoyed.

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