By Geoffrey A. Studdert Kennedy,Kerry Walters
"There are not any phrases foul and filthy adequate to explain war." So declared Geoffrey "Woodbine Willie" Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), a embellished frontline chaplain whose battlefield reports in global conflict I remodeled him into his generation's so much eloquent defender of Christian pacificism. Studdert Kennedy used to be additionally a tireless champion of the social gospel who wrote a dozen books, ratings of articles, hundreds of thousands of poems, and preached numerous sermons in either the united kingdom and the U.S. selling monetary justice.
Studdert Kennedy's writing and preaching encouraged a whole iteration. William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, defined him as a "true prophet." even if 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 so much appropriate of thinkers to our stricken instances. The booklet pulls jointly Studdert Kennedy's most vital writings on warfare and peace, poverty, the matter of evil, the church's position on this planet, sin and atonement, the discomfort God, love as opposed to strength as international powers, and the cherished neighborhood. 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 a variety of violent conflicts, an available and coherent presentation of Studdert Kennedy's early twentieth-century spiritual suggestion on struggle and its aftermath. incomes the nickname 'Woodbine Willie' from English infantrymen he served as chaplain within the 'Great struggle to finish all wars,' the cigarette-smoking padre knew firsthand the unspeakable horrors of warfare. 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 particularly necessary in linking the Eucharist with social justice. even supposing fellow Anglicans and Protestants may possibly treasure this selection of Studdert Kennedy's writing, Roman Catholics like myself will enjoy his passionate love for the negative, wounded, and death Christ and his dedication to the church, the place he and others can insist that, certainly, after conflict religion is possible."
John Perry, SJ
Associate Professor, Arthur V. Mauro middle for Peace and Justice,
St. Paul's collage, collage of Manitoba,
Kerry Walters is William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Peace and Justice reviews at Gettysburg university. he's the writer of nineteen prior books on philosophy, theology, and peace, and has been a peace activist because the Vietnam conflict era.