God, Britain, and Hitler in World War II: The View of the British Clergy, 1939-1945

God, Britain, and Hitler in World War II: The View of the British Clergy, 1939-1945

God, Britain, and Hitler in World War II: The View of the British Clergy, 1939-1945

God, Britain, and Hitler in World War II: The View of the British Clergy, 1939-1945

Synopsis

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 defense of "Christian civilization," a particular religious culture that had grown up under the aegis of the Christian faith.
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