What is this excerpt about?Military Christian Ministers were encouraged by the War Office and these religious counsellors put their safety and their very lives at risk to give support to soldiers of the various branches of Christianity, and Judaism too, as did the German Army. At first the Government acknowledged that churchgoing combatants were only from the Anglican, Presbyterian, Wesleyan and Catholic Churches. But the United Navy and Army Board succeeded in getting battle front chaplains to represent their memberships in Baptist, Congregational, United Methodist, and Primitive Methodist Churches. As expected for the time, the author praises the war effort in principle, along with the work of the chaplains in uniform.
Who wrote this book?
Reverend Frederic Chambers Spurr was based in the Regent’s Park Chapel and later became President of the National Free Church Council. Sharing similar religious sentiments to the Reverend JR Rendell, he lobbied the London County Council to ban the playing of games in public parks on Sundays. This book was published by the Primitive Methodist Publishing House, which had by then been operating for almost 100 years in London.
- 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.