The Church of England and the First World War

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The Church of England and the First World War (Reprint)

by Alan Wilkinson

ISBN: 9780718893217

Due for pre-release: 30/01/2014


 Reprinted with a new preface to mark the centenary of the Great War, Alan Wilkinson’s monumental work returns!

it remains the leading published work on the subject.

Stephen Parker and Tom Lawson(eds) God and War, 2012

The myth that the war was fought by ‘lions led by donkeys’ powerfully endures – it turns heroes into victims. Alan Wilkinson demonstrates the sheer horror, moral ambiguity, and the interaction between religion, the church and war with a scholarly, and yet poetic, hand.

Originally published in 1978, this comprehensive and compelling study not only focuses on the war itself, but offers a reflection of the ramifications of the war on the Church and secular society. Focusing on themes such as the impact of the war on ecumenism, the development of remembrance rituals and the role of the church in the post-war reconstruction, Wilkinson provides the reader with a great insight into the interaction between the Church of England and the British population.

Using biographies, newspapers, magazines, letters, poetry and other sources in a balanced evaluation, the author creates a vivid image of war-time church and the culture of the day, the views of the Free Church and Roman Catholics, the pastoral problems presented by war, the traditions born of imperialistic British history, and the urges for reform.

At a time when this pivotal part of our history is at the forefront of our minds, Wilkinson’s compelling account provides an in-depth insight into the war that will attract the interest of all history enthusiasts, both the secular and religious, the student or the general reader.

It is the most vivid account yet available of English religion in this or any other period of the twentieth century…But Canon Wilkinson is no apologist for the official church.

David Edwards, Church Times


 About the Author: Alan Wilkinson, an Anglican priest, has ministered in three parishes, was Chaplain of St Catharine’s College Cambridge, and Principal of Chichester Theological College. He taught at the universities of Cambridge, Bristol and Portsmouth and the Open University. Since 1988 he has been an honorary priest at Portsmouth Cathedral. He has written extensively on the interaction between church and society in the twentieth century.


About the Publisher: The Lutterworth Press has been trading since the eighteenth century and is one of the longest established and best-known independent publishers in the United Kingdom. It has been associated with James Clarke & Co. since 1984.


Review copies are available directly from the publisher.

For more information contact Olivia Carson, Sales & Publicity Department

Address: The Lutterworth Press, PO Box 60 Cambridge CB1 2NT, United Kingdom


Tel: 0044 (0)1223 350 865

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