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God, Britain, and Hitler in World War II: The View of the British Clergy, 1939-1945 (Hardback)
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God, Britain, and Hitler in World War II: The View of the British Clergy, 1939-1945 (Hardback)

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Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 30/08/1999
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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.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275965396
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


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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
"Hoover has brought to light a large body of hitherto unexamined writings which attempt to account for a wide variety of denominational views....a good general scholarly work,"-Journal of Church and State
"Hoover has painstakingly compiled the utterances of a wide range of (primarily English) theorlogical commentators, and this will undoubtedly make the book a useful resource for students of the period."-Anglican and Episcopal History
?Hoover has brought to light a large body of hitherto unexamined writings which attempt to account for a wide variety of denominational views....a good general scholarly work, ?-Journal of Church and State
?Hoover has painstakingly compiled the utterances of a wide range of (primarily English) theorlogical commentators, and this will undoubtedly make the book a useful resource for students of the period.?-Anglican and Episcopal History
?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

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