A PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. CHARLES DAVIDSON
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE COURSE CHPL 500 B02
LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
MONDAY AUGUST 27, 2012
When it comes to the use of religion in the early history of the chaplaincy it would seem that it was invented mostly to rouse the troops to battle. They would motivate the troops by insuring them that the gods where on their side. They would also make ensure the soldiers that the battles they fought where that of a higher calling.
We can look as far back as Moses to see an example of a man that was both a commander and a chaplain. Moses led the Hebrew troops in battle against the Amalekites. Here we see Moses as the commander/chaplain of sorts for the Hebrew forces while they where in battle against the Amalekites. One connection to the fact that the chaplain must rouse the troops is Moses himself. If we look no further then Moses' hands we will see that when they where lifter the soldiers one, but when Moses's hands fell so did the troops. We can even look at Joshua brought the Ark to the battle of Jericho. This motivated the men and Joshua watched as the city fell. Joshua and Moses did not motivate the men with tricks; they motivated the men and stood as a reminder of why they fought. This is one of the biggest tasks that stand in front of the Chaplain.