excellent review of Malcolm Magee's What the World Should Be: Woodrow Wilson and the Crafting of a Faith-Based Foreign Policy. (Baylor 2008). Here is a taste:
Magee concludes that the tragedy of Woodrow Wilson "had more to do
with Jerusalem than Athens. It was a tragedy of faith." And so it was.
The lesson of Woodrow Wilson's presidency is not that Jerusalem has
nothing to say to Athens in the realm of international politics; rather,
it is that good intentions inspired by misguided theology can lead to
disastrous foreign policy consequences.
The antidote to idealism
of the Wilsonian sort is a deep knowledge of the contours of history, a
keen understanding of the moral ambiguities that delimit human action in
the "meanwhile" in which we live, and a commitment to honing the virtue
of prudence in defining the purposes to which we direct national power.
In short, Reinhold Niebuhr is not a bad place to start after all.
For those of you interested in some of the nuances of twentieth-century American Calvinism, Matthew Tuininga offers a slightly different perspective on Wilson.