Coumbe, Arthur

Dr. Arthur T. Coumbe is an historian with the Army's Office of Economic Economic and Manpower Analysis and an Associate Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University.

God at West Point: A History of the Place of Religion Within the Educational Program of the United States Military Academy
2018 1-4955-0664-2
In this study, Dr. Coumbe and Mr. Talyor trace the history of religion at West Point from 1813, when the first academy chaplain was appointed, until 2015. It explores the development and evolution of the Academy's chaplaincy, analyzes its struggle with conflicting constitutional principles, and details the way it handled the increasingly diverse makeup of its cadet corps. The authors address several topical issues, most notably, perhaps, the supposed Evangelical over representation in and the growing secularization of the military. Scattered throughout this narrative is a consideration of the civil-military relations aspects of religion in the Army's oldest and most storied commissioning source.

Should American Soldiers be Religious? A Political History of the Chaplain's Job at West Point
2019 1-4955-0773-4
Dr. Arthur Coumbe and William Taylor break down the political history of the Chaplain's post at West Point from the foundation of the post to the modern era. The two scholars break down the Chaplain post, its duties, and the nature of the post in the modern era and its role in the military.