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By Geoffrey A. Studdert Kennedy,Kerry Walters

"There aren't any phrases foul and filthy adequate to explain war." So declared Geoffrey "Woodbine Willie" Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), a embellished frontline chaplain whose battlefield reviews in international struggle I remodeled him into his generation's so much eloquent defender of Christian pacificism. Studdert Kennedy was once additionally a tireless champion of the social gospel who wrote a dozen books, rankings of articles, thousands of poems, and preached numerous sermons in either the united kingdom and the united states selling fiscal justice.

Studdert Kennedy's writing and preaching stimulated a complete new release. William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, defined him as a "true prophet." even supposing he is fallen into obscurity with the passage of years, Studdert Kennedy's message nonetheless evokes the likes of Desmond Tutu and Jürgen Moltmann.

This number of Studdert Kennedy's paintings, the 1st in sixty years, seeks to introduce this such a lot appropriate of thinkers to our afflicted instances. The ebook pulls jointly Studdert Kennedy's most vital writings on battle and peace, poverty, the matter of evil, the church's position on the earth, sin and atonement, the pain God, love as opposed to strength as international powers, and the cherished group. Editor Kerry Walters introduces the texts with a biographical and thematic essay.

"Kerry Walters and Cascade Books deserve our thank you for retrieving for us within the twenty-first century, embroiled as we're in numerous violent conflicts, an available and coherent presentation of Studdert Kennedy's early twentieth-century spiritual inspiration on warfare and its aftermath. incomes the nickname 'Woodbine Willie' from English squaddies he served as chaplain within the 'Great conflict to finish all wars,' the cigarette-smoking padre knew firsthand the unspeakable horrors of battle. He additionally knew that religion used to be not just attainable after the hostilities ceased; it used to be necessary.
"His was once no longer a disembodied or privatized religion. he's in particular invaluable in linking the Eucharist with social justice. even if fellow Anglicans and Protestants may possibly treasure this selection of Studdert Kennedy's writing, Roman Catholics like myself will get pleasure from his passionate love for the bad, wounded, and demise Christ and his dedication to the church, the place he and others can insist that, certainly, after warfare religion is possible."

John Perry, SJ
Associate Professor, Arthur V. Mauro middle for Peace and Justice,
St. Paul's university, college of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Canada

Kerry Walters is William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Peace and Justice stories at Gettysburg collage. he's the writer of nineteen earlier books on philosophy, theology, and peace, and has been a peace activist because the Vietnam warfare era.

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