By Michael W. Brierley,Georgina A. Byrne,Andrew G. Studdert-Kennedy
a lot has been written at the centenary of the 1st international battle; even if, no booklet has but explored the tragedy of the clash from a theological viewpoint. This e-book fills that hole. Taking their cue from the recognized British military chaplain Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, seven imperative essays--all through authors linked to the cathedral the place Studdert Kennedy first preached to troops--examine facets of religion that featured within the battle, equivalent to the inspiration of "home," poetry, theological doctrine, preaching, social reform, humanitarianism, and remembrance. every one essay applies its reflections to the lifetime of religion today.
The essays hence characterize a hugely unique contribution to the historical past of the 1st global warfare normally and the paintings of Studdert Kennedy particularly; they usually offer wider theological perception into how, within the modern international, existence and tragedy, God and discomfort, could be built-in. The e-book will as a result be of substantial curiosity to historians, either one of the warfare and of the church; to groups commemorating the warfare; and to all those that strive against with present demanding situations to religion. A foreword by way of Studdert Kennedy's grandson and an afterword by way of the bishop of Magdeburg in Germany render this a quantity of exceptional intensity and worth.
“Padres got a coarse trip by way of British memoir writers of the 1st international warfare. even though, Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, ‘Woodbine Willie’ to the warriors, demonstrates how fallacious they were. His reflections at the battle and its implications for his personal Christian religion resonate to at the present time. The innumerable insights during this strong e-book make undeniable how the conflict’s spiritual challenge nonetheless reverberates.”
—SIR Hew Strachan, writer of the Oxford collage Press background of the 1st global War
“Michael Brierley and Georgina Byrne have judiciously accrued those measured essays on ministry, anguish, tragedy, and wish: they depart the reader extra immersed in unhappiness, admiration, desolation, and eventually religion. finally, if Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy’s lifestyles used to be a failure, so used to be that of Jesus.”
—Sam Wells, Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
“Life after Tragedy is a profound and relocating account of the fight of Christian theology with the ravages of the 1st international War. . . . crucial interpreting for a person attempting to comprehend the earthquake that was once the good War.”
—Jay iciness, Yale University
“A major contribution to the flourishing revisionist scholarship on faith and warfare, the critical essays during this quantity . . . supply a suite of relocating, frequently provocative reflections at the complicated and transformative kinfolk among religion and agony which are as proper now as they've got ever been.”
—Sue Morgan, college of Chichester, UK
Michael W. Brierley is the canon precentor of Worcester Cathedral. he's the editor of Public lifestyles and where of the Church (Ashgate, 2006), and the writer of a dozen articles at the background of twentieth-century theology.
Georgina A. Byrne is a residentiary canon of Worcester Cathedral and a chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen. She is the writer of Modern Spiritualism and the Church of England, 1850-1939 (Boydell, 2010).