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The Anzacs, Religion and God: The Spiritual Journeys of Twenty-seven Members of the AIF

Daniel Reynaud



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Australian Scholarly Publishing
19 November 2019
First World War; Religion & beliefs
Capturing their innermost thoughts and feelings, Anzac diaries and letters offer access to the souls of those who served in the Great War. While big-picture thematic studies of the interaction of religion and war can reveal so much, the interplay in the lives of individual men and women can remain hidden. This study follows the particular spiritual journeys of twenty-seven members of the AIF, taken from their own writings, as they wrestled with their pre-existing beliefs in the crucible of war. By highlighting the personal narratives, we see more clearly the complexities of the relationship between war and religion. These existed at more than the collective level - they played out in the lives of individuals as well.
By:   Daniel Reynaud
Imprint:   Australian Scholarly Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925984132
ISBN 10:   1925984133
Publication Date:   19 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Anzacs, Religion and God: The Spiritual Journeys of Twenty-seven Members of the AIF

In his earlier book Anzac Spirituality, Professor Reynaud overturned the misleading and ahistorical conception of the secular Digger of 1914-18. With typical care and nuance, this second book presents a mass of fresh evidence, together with compelling analysis, of the spiritual beliefs and struggles of the Australian soldier. This is a second fine addition to the burgeoning scholarship on the religious aspects of the First World War.' - Canon Professor Michael Snape, Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies, Durham University. Author of God and the British Soldier, and The Clergy in Khaki.

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