God, Britain and Hitler in World War II Hardback

The View of the British Clergy, 1939-45

by A. J. Hoover;

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God, Britain and Hitler in World War II

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Many Britons 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 defence 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 Labour party victory in the summer of 1945.

God, Britain and Hitler in World War II by A. J. Hoover was published by ABC-CLIO in August 1999. The ISBN for God, Britain and Hitler in World War II is 9780275965396.

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Details for God, Britain and Hitler in World War II

Page last updated 23rd July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherABC-CLIO (August 1999)
Number of Pages168
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1191272
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