The Christian in Politics

The Christian in Politics

The Christian in Politics

The Christian in Politics

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While I had no intention of writing this book until little morethan three years ago, I must, looking back, acknowledge a largedebt to those of my friends who at various stages of my lifestimulated my interest in its subject. Many years ago, when wewere still at the university, Mr. Gordon Phillips, now chaplain toAnglican students in the University of London, introduced me tothe literature of Christian Socialism. His forceful enthusiasm wasusefully tempered by Mr. D. E. L. Haynes, at present Keeper ofthe Greek and Roman Department of the British Museum, whomI met first at the British School at Rome. Later, when I was working in Manchester, I came across Dr. Alec Vidler, then Warden ofSt. Deiniol's Library at Hawarden, now dean and chaplain ofKing's College, Cambridge. Off and on over the years we havediscussed the relations of Christianity and politics, and he madesome valuable suggestions for the present work. Through him Imet Dr. J. H. Oldham, and I, like many others, came under thespell of this self-effacing man with his instinctive sense for newideas that mattered and great human powers of drawing contrasting minds into common enterprises. If I must admit how muchthe writing of this book owes to the varying influences at differenttimes of these four friends, no one of them, of course, may besaddled with any responsibility for its main arguments.

I am indebted to the following for permission to quote from theworks mentioned: Lutterworth Press: The Divine Imperative byEmil Brunner; Cassell and Co. Ltd.: The Second World War by Winston Churchill; Raymond Postgate: his Life of George Lansbury (Longmans Green and Co. Ltd.); Victor Gollancz Ltd.:Throw Away Thy Rod by David Wills. For permission to quotefrom Archbishop Temple's letters I am indebted to his widow.My wife has given me invaluable help and support in preparingthe book for the press. I have a debt also to Mr. R. L. W. Collison,the librarian of the B.B.C., who unearthed books in London whichI should not have been able to lay hands on myself.

W. J.

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