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The Great and Holy War: How World War 1 Changed Religion For Ever

Hardback|Jun 2014
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In this groundbreaking and compelling analysis, historian Philip Jenkins shows how the cataclysmic period of World War I, 1914-18, created the world's religious map as we know it today. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand our times.


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In this groundbreaking and compelling analysis, historian Philip Jenkins shows how the cataclysmic period of World War I, 1914-18, created the world's religious map as we know it today. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand our times.

Throughout history, secular disasters have driven religious change. Repeatedly, wars and natural catastrophes have ignited influential new movements in religion - fundamental shifts in religious consciousness, fervent revivalism and awakenings, and apocalyptic expectation. Frequently, such events have spawned wholly new denominations. Rarely, though, in human history have the four horsemen of the Apocalypse - war, famine, plague, and death - rampaged so freely as they did in the years of the First World War, 1914-1918. Although this cataclysm reshaped the world's religious map, no historian has ever drawn together the global impact to make a simple point: the era of the First World War created the world's religious map as we know it today. The war constituted a worldwide spiritual revolution. This is a tale with many remarkable narrative incidents and characters, from Karl Barth to Carl Jung; one that is all the more powerful because of the interplay of worldly politics and spiritual crisis. The Great and Holy War presents a new theory of religious change. In religion, as in politics and culture, we should see the pace of change not as gradual evolution but as what biologists call punctuated equilibrium - long periods of relative stasis and stability, interrupted by rare but very fast moving moments of revolutionary or cataclysmic change, which then take decades or centuries for the mainstream to absorb fully. Like them or not, revolutions are the key to religious history. And we cannot understand our present religious, political, and cultural climate without understanding the dramatic changes initiated by the First World War.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 400292
  • Product Code 9780745956725
  • ISBN 0745956726
  • EAN 9780745956725
  • Pages 448
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Lion Hudson Publishing
  • Publication Date Jun 2014
  • Sales Rank 21910
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 30mm
  • Weight 0.866kg
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Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) has taught at Penn State University since 1980, and currently holds the rank of Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities in History and Religious Studies. His book The Next Christendom was named one of the top religion books of 2002 by USA Today. He has published articles and op-ed pieces in the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other top media outlets. Most recently he has released The Lost History Of Christianity and Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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