The Great and Holy War Hardback

How World War 1 Changed Religion For Ever

by Philip Jenkins;

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How the First World War brought about a revolution in religious consciousness and reshaped the world's religious map

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The Great and Holy War

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Throughout history, secular disasters have driven religious change. Repeatedly, wars and natural catastrophes have ignited influential new movements in religion - fundamental shifts in religious consciousness, fervent revivalism and awakenings, and apocalyptic expectation.

Frequently, such events have spawned wholly new denominations. Rarely, though, in human history have the four horsemen of the Apocalypse - war, famine, plague, and death - rampaged so freely as they did in the years of the First World War, 1914-1918. Although this cataclysm reshaped the world's religious map, no historian has ever drawn together the global impact to make a simple point: the era of the First World War created the world's religious map as we know it today. The war constituted a worldwide spiritual revolution.

This is a tale with many remarkable narrative incidents and characters, from Karl Barth to Carl Jung; one that is all the more powerful because of the interplay of worldly politics and spiritual crisis. The Great and Holy War presents a new theory of religious change.
In religion, as in politics and culture, we should see the pace of change not as gradual evolution but as what biologists call punctuated equilibrium - long periods of relative stasis and stability, interrupted by rare but very fast moving moments of revolutionary or cataclysmic change, which then take decades or centuries for the mainstream to absorb fully.

Like them or not, revolutions are the key to religious history. And we cannot understand our present religious, political, and cultural climate without understanding the dramatic changes initiated by the First World War.

The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins was published by Lion Hudson in June 2014 and is our 67858th best seller. The ISBN for The Great and Holy War is 9780745956725.

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Details for The Great and Holy War

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherLion Hudson (June 2014)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages448
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4269766
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