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.

chapter |14 pages


God and War: A Century in the Politics of Religion
ByTom Lawson, Stephen G. Parker

chapter |18 pages

Winchester, the Clergy and the Boer War

ByMark Allen

chapter |28 pages

The Church and the First World War

ByStuart Bell

chapter |20 pages

Reinvigorating Christian Britain

1 The Spiritual Issues of the War, National Identity and the Hope of Religious Education
ByStephen G. Parker

chapter |18 pages

Preaching Morality

Sex, the Church and the Second World War
ByAndrea Harris

chapter |26 pages

The Church of England and the Cold War

ByDianne Kirby

chapter |18 pages

The Church and the Bomb

Anglicans and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, c.1958–1984
ByMatthew Grimley

chapter |22 pages

The Church of England and the Falklands War

ByCliff Williamson