This is an example of the incredible number of religious publications during the war. The energised title ‘Christ is risen!’ glosses over the hardships of life in the trenches and raises hope among the soldiers. Easter is the most important feast of the Christian faith, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion. Jesus gains a new, indestructible life and Christians learn that death is not the end of life.
Authorities needed to encourage those on the battlefield that what they were doing was right. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Church still had significant power in the justification of human acts. This is why during World War One, words from the Bible and reassurances of God’s support for killing the enemy were often used in literature. A poem in this booklet reads: ‘We don’t fear half of the World. With us every soldier is a hero. In the Name of God! We will attack. The bloody work, it will be done!’
- Article by:
- Matthew Shaw
- Life as a soldier
From organised religion to visions of angels on the battlefield, Curator Dr Matthew Shaw explores the profound impact of World War One on religion, belief and superstition for individuals and communities around the world.