The Great and Holy War Paperback

How World War 1 Changed Religion for Ever

by Philip Jenkins;

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How religion created and prolonged the First World War and the war's lasting impact on world religions

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The Great and Holy War

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The Great and Holy War offers the first look at how religion created and prolonged the First World War and the lasting impact it had on Christianity and world religions more extensively in the century that followed.

The war was fought by the world's leading Christian nations who presented the conflict as a holy war. A steady stream of patriotic and militaristic rhetoric was served to an unprecedented audience using language that spoke of holy war and crusade, of apocalypse and Armageddon. But this rhetoric was not mere state propaganda.

Philip Jenkins reveals how the widespread belief in angels, apparitions and the supernatural was a driving force throughout the war and shaped all three of the Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, paving the way for modern views of religion and violence. The disappointed hopes and moral compromises that followed the war also shaped the political climate of the rest of the century, giving rise to such phenomena as Nazism, totalitarianism and communism.

Connecting remarkable incidents and characters; from Karl Barth to Carl Jung, from the Christmas Truce to the Armenian Genocide, Jenkins creates a powerful and persuasive narrative that brings together global politics, history and spiritual crisis. We cannot understand our present religious, political and cultural climate without understanding the dramatic changes initiated by the First World War. The war created the world's religious map as we know it today.

The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins was published by Lion Hudson Plc in March 2015 and is our 25567th best seller. The ISBN for The Great and Holy War is 9780745956732.

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Page last updated 27th June 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson Plc (March 2015)
Number of Pages448
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
Product Code4306460
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