Professor Speaks on Religion's Role in the Civil War

Carter Turner

Carter Turner

RU Professor Carter Turner will speak about religion and the American Civil War at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Radford Public Library. The free public program is part of the Radford Heritage Foundation's Civil War lecture series.

Turner will examine the theological disagreements underlying the Civil War. "Most of the major American Protestant denominations had split, in one way or another, over the issue of slavery and its place in Christianity by the time shots were fired at Fort Sumter," said Turner, an associate professor of religious studies. "For many, especially the clergy, the Civil War was a continuation of these theological conflicts. This talk will explore the nature of these disagreements and the northern and southern theological interpretations of the war’s outcome."

Turner, a native of Virginia, earned a history degree from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in religious and theological studies from the University of Denver. He teaches and writes about the role religion played in the American Civil War and religion's function in today's sports and politics.

The Radford Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to identify, document, preserve and promote Radford heritage. The foundation operates Glencoe Museum and is actively engaged in other preservation projects in the community.

To learn more, contact Scott Gardner, or (540) 731-5031.