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By Edward Madigan

After the nice conflict, a few texts through British military veterans portrayed the Anglican chaplains who had served with them in an exceptionally adverse gentle. This publication examines the realities of Anglican chaplains' wartime stories and provides a compelling photo of what it intended to be a clergyman-in-uniform within the so much devastating battle in smooth heritage.

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More than one clergyman in the diocese has told me that the effect of the war in his parish has been to produce something like a spiritual revival. The opportunity is great. We must foster that spirit. The hearts of men and women are being strangely moved at this time of stress. They are looking not merely for encouraging war news, but for a strength greater than their own. The Church holds the answer. It is Christ. 38 It was the clergy, as the Bishop of Bristol had made clear, who were expected to seize this opportunity.

One thing they were sure of, although many of them would not realise its extent until the war began, was that decline had set in. It was not overwhelming and probably did not feel like a crisis, but there was a definite and perceptible drift away from the churches, and the Church of England in particular. In 1902, R. Mudie Smith began conducting a twelve-month survey of Church attendance in the inner London area. His findings were published in the British Weekly. In an area with a population of almost four and a half million people, it was discovered that only 832,000, a little over 20 per cent, attended church or chapel.

47 Germany is a victim of a ‘systematic network of lies’ and Belgian neutrality was violated not by Germany but by her adversaries. The authors seem to have been eager to demonstrate the German clerical community’s support for the actions of the government. This last objective was also a concern for the Anglican archbishops and the Oxford theologians who drafted the main replies to the German proclamation. The Oxford statement, drafted by the leading Anglo-Catholic theologian Henry Scott Holland, is predictably measured and scholarly in tone.

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