England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales: The Christian Church 1900-2000 by Keith Robbins | 9780198263715 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales: The Christian Church 1900-2000

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales: The Christian Church 1900-2000

by Keith Robbins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198263716

ISBN-13: 9780198263715

Pub. Date: 11/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Keith Robbins, building on his previous writing on the modern history of the interlocking but distinctive territories of the British Isles, takes a wide-ranging, innovative and challenging look at the twentieth-century history of the main bodies, at once national and universal, which have collectively constituted the Christian Church. The protracted search for

Overview

Keith Robbins, building on his previous writing on the modern history of the interlocking but distinctive territories of the British Isles, takes a wide-ranging, innovative and challenging look at the twentieth-century history of the main bodies, at once national and universal, which have collectively constituted the Christian Church. The protracted search for elusive unity is emphasized. Particular beliefs, attitudes, policies and structures are located in their social and cultural contexts. Prominent individuals, clerical and lay, are scrutinized. Religion and politics intermingle, highlighting, for churches and states, fundamental questions of identity and allegiance, of public and private values, in a century of ideological conflict, violent confrontation (in Ireland), two world wars and protracted Cold War.

The massive change experienced by the countries and people of the Isles since 1900 has encompassed shifting relationships between England, Ireland (and Northern Ireland), Scotland and Wales, the end of the British Empire, the emergence of a new Europe and, latterly, major immigration of adherents of Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and other faiths from outside Europe: developments scarcely conceivable at the outset. Such a broad contextual perspective provides an essential background to understanding the puzzling ambiguities evident both in secularization and enduring Christian faith. Robbins provides a cogent and compelling overview of this turbulent century for the churches of the Isles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198263715
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Series:
Oxford History of the Christian Church Series
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

List of Maps xiii

1 New Century, Old Faith 1

i Structures 5

ii Particular Places 22

iii Sight and Sound 27

iv Time Past and Time Present 32

v Public Space 35

2 A Crisis of Christendom, 1900-1914 47

i People: Inclusions and Exclusions 49

ii Leisure's Temptations 56

iii Collectivism and Individualism 61

iv Education Battles 65

v Gender Rules 69

vi Church Unity: Looking 75

vii Faith: The Spirit and the Letter 82

viii Kingdom in Trouble: Churches and Nations 87

3 Just War, 1914-1918 96

i Imminent (Religious?) War: Ireland 98

ii War, 1914: Church and State 'Shoulder to Shoulder' 102

iii Finding the Path to Peace 106

iv Roman Catholics and the Patriotic Drum 112

v Home Front 115

vi Foreign Service 121

vii Women Waiting 124

viii Peace Notes 128

ix Repentance and Hope: Reviving England 131

x Sacrifice and Hope: Resurrecting Ireland 135

xi Patriotism, Peace and Progress 144

4 Post-War Dislocations, 1919-1932: 'Modernity' and 'Modernism' 152

i Managing Memory 153

ii Broadcasting Truth 157

iii Global Politics: Self-Determination and a 'Christian' Empire 176

iv Domestic Politics: Defining Christian Citizenship 180

v England: Establishing Democracy and Disestablishing Church? 185

vi Wales: Disestablished and Distressed 189

vii Ireland: Divided Unities 198

viii Scotland: Healing Disruption, Strengthening Borders 210

ix Church Unity: Starting 216

x Women: Voting 228

5 'Christian Civilization' in Jeopardy, 1933-1953 233

i Pledging Peace, Being Reasonable, Taking Sides 234

ii Interpreting Europe's 'New Civilizations' 241

iiiProtestants and Catholics: Being International 262

iv Church, Community and State: British/Irish Belonging 269

v 1939-1945: Crusading Together 279

vi Rebuilding Exercises 293

vii Welfare: Minds and Bodies 303

viii Crowning Moment 309

6 The Perils of Prosperity, 1953-1975 320

i Evangelism: Call to the Nation(s) 321

ii Relocations: Empire and Europe 328

iii Churches, Nations and States: Insular Turbulence 340

iv Inside Story: Church Unity? 350

v Texts and Contexts 370

vi Choice and Diversity 379

vii Fit for Purpose? Institutional Unsettlement 384

7 Pluralism's Puzzles, 1976-2000 397

i Millennial Moments 397

ii Papal Encounter: Ireland, 1979 405

iii Replacing the Past: Ireland, 2000 408

iv British Domestic Politics: Confronting Convictions 422

v Christian Business: John Paul II in Britain 427

vi Affectionate Friction: Struggling for Unity 438

vii Women: Accepting and Rejecting 441

viii Anglican/English Anxieties 447

ix Insular Pluriformity 454

x Europe: Secular and Christian? 464

xi Ambivalent Messages 468

Select Bibliography 476

Index 481

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