God, Britain, And Hitler In World War Ii: The View Of The British Clergy, 1939-1945

Hardcover | August 1, 1999

byA. J. Hoover, Richard V. Pierard, Arlie J. Hoover

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Many Britains had distinct religious or theological interpretations of World War II. They viewed Fascism, especially the German National Socialism, as a form of modern paganism, a repulsive worship of Leader, Race, and State--a form of idolatry. However, for the most part, British clerics did not defend the war as a simple matter of Christian Britain versus Pagan Germany, because they saw only too well the pagan elements in British culture. Instead, the clergy defended the war as a defense of "Christian civilization," a particular religious culture that had grown up under the aegis of the Christian faith. Fascism had, in the opinion of many, family similarities to Liberal Humanism. Nazism was abusing the Scripture because everyone had allowed a liberal hermeneutic to slip into their thinking theologically. Naturally, the clerics view of the war as "just" meant that pacifism was wrong-headed, but they refused to demonize pacifists or to hound them into arrest. The clergymen did maintain that Liberal Humanism issued logically in pacifism and pacifism had weakened the national will, allowing it to make shameful concessions to the Fascist dictators throughout the 1930s. This study will also help explain the surprising Labor Party victory in the summer of 1945.

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Many Britains had distinct religious or theological interpretations of World War II. They viewed Fascism, especially the German National Socialism, as a form of modern paganism, a repulsive worship of Leader, Race, and State--a form of idolatry. However, for the most part, British clerics did not defend the war as a simple matter of Ch...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 9.64 × 6.38 × 0.69 inPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275965392

ISBN - 13:9780275965396

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?Based on the scores of books and pamphlets published by Church leaders between 1939 and 1945, God, Britian, and Hitler, is a good introduction to the important cluster of complex and enduring theological, political, denominational, and moral issues raised by the Second World War. In its breadth of coverage and clarity of presentation, Hoover's work will repay the careful attention of students or war aims, church/state relations, and the role of the church in late twentieth-century Britian.?-Albion