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War zeal, nationalism and unity in Christ: evangelical missions in Germany during World War I

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dc.contributor.author Spohn, Elmar
dc.contributor.author Christof, Sauer
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-11T13:28:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-11T13:28:08Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Spohn,E & Christof, S. 2009,' War zeal, nationalism and unity in Christ: evangelical missions in Germany during World War I', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXV, no. 2, pp. 323-336. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4583
dc.description Peer reviewed en
dc.description.abstract World War I brought unspeakable destitution to humankind. The question arises: Which ideals drove people to march so enthusiastically toward battle and death? Church history research has called attention to the role of theology and the church. World War I was not merely welcomed; rather, it was understood to be God’s word and was vigorously glorified theologically. To date, however, the role played by the evangelical missions has not been addressed by church history research. The historical evaluation of mission journals of important evangelical mission societies of that era demonstrated that the evangelical missions also welcomed the war and justified it, as did the other Protestants. They shared in the over-glorification of their own nation and the propounding of negative platitudes about the wartime enemy. They professed to uphold the unity of all evangelical Christians; nevertheless, irritations arose between German missionaries and their international partners. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.subject Nationalism and unity
dc.subject Evangelical mission
dc.subject Christ
dc.title War zeal, nationalism and unity in Christ: evangelical missions in Germany during World War I en
dc.type Article en


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