The Cross and the Trenches: Religious Faith and Doubt Among British and American Great War Soldiers
Praeger Publishers, 2003 - 311 páginas
The modernist historiographical model of the Great War neglects such traditional modes of thought as religious response to battle. Drawing on the testimony of over 500 British and American soldiers, Schweitzer provides an in-depth account of topics such as soldiers' prayers and biblical readings, as well as religious doubts. As a detailed snapshot of religion during the war, this study provides a crucial preamble to studies of the legacy of the Great War.
The lack of a satisfactory scholarly study has left interpretation of the role that religion played in soldiers' lives to the pronouncements of their contemporaries who often either viewed World War I as an opportunity to spark a religious revival or as an event that crushed religious faith. Schweitzer argues that neither of these interpretations is accurate, and he hopes to replace them with a model that arranges responses on a spectrum ranging from absolute faith in God to atheism. Based on extensive archival research, this study establishes a detailed model of the spiritual lives of British and American soldiers during the war. After sketching this spiritual history, he concludes that both British and American soldiers were more religious than previous writings have indicated.
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No thought of killing my fellow men entered my mind . . . . " Later during a
religious service , Edwards thought about the meaning of life and why we are
here , and it crystalized in my mind that if we fought as Christians may , for
Revealing a conception of God in which Divine agency controls men ' s thoughts ,
Kitching wrote , “ I fully believe that this thought was inspired into me as a means
of showing us a way of escape . . . . " Confirming that he believed that this ...
This line of thought led to ruminations on the nature of Divine agency : If He loved
us , if He were omnipotent He could put a stop to it to - day . But then , I also
thought , perhaps He isn ' t omnipotent ; in that case He hasn ' t the power to ...
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