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The Church of England and the Falklands War

Williamson, C (2012) 'The Church of England and the Falklands War.' In: Parker, S and Lawson, T, eds. God and war: the Church of England and armed conflict in the twentieth century. Ashgate, Burlington, VT, pp. 165-186. ISBN 9780754666929

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.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Church of England — Doctrines. Church of England — Influence. Church of England — Clergy — Attitudes. War — Religious aspects — Church of England. Church and state — Church of England — History — 20th century. Pacifism — Religious aspects — Christianity — History — 20th century. Christians — Great Britain — Attitudes. Christianity and politics — Church of England — History — 20th century Christianity and international relations — Church of England — History — 20th century. Anglican Communion — Doctrines. War — Religious aspects — Christianity — History — 20th century. Great Britain — Church history — 20th century.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 13:34
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 09:42
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/1086
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