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God and War: the Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century

Parker, Stephen and Lawson, T. (2012) God and War: the Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN Hardback 9780754666929

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Abstract

Despite narratives of secularization, it appears that the British public persistently pay attention to clerical opinion and continually resort to popular expressions of religious faith, not least in time of war. From the throngs of men who gathered to hear the Bishop of London preach recruiting sermons during the First World War, to the attention paid to Archbishop Williams' words of conscience on Iraq, clerical rhetoric remains resonant. For the countless numbers who attended National Days of Prayer during the Second World War, and for the many who continue to find the Remembrance Day service a meaningful ritual, civil religious events provide a source of meaningful ceremony and a focus of national unity. War and religion have been linked throughout the twentieth century and this book explores these links: taking the perspective of the 'home front' rather than the battlefield. Exploring the views and accounts of Anglican clerics on the issue of warfare and international conflict across the century, the authors explore the church's stance on the causes, morality and conduct of warfare; issues of pacifism, obliteration bombing, nuclear possession and deterrence, retribution, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the spiritual opportunities presented by conflict. This book offers invaluable insights into how far the Church influenced public appraisal of war whilst illuminating the changing role of the Church across the twentieth century.

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Originally published by Ashgate Publishing - now under the imprint of Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

Uncontrolled Keywords: clerical rhetoric, war, religion, warfare, international conflict, God, war, Church of England
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Stephen Parker
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 15:29
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4677

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