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This is your hour : Christian intellectuals in Britain and the Crisis of Europe, 1937-49

Title
This is your hour : Christian intellectuals in Britain and the Crisis of Europe, 1937-49 / John Carter Wood.
ISBN
9781526132543
9781526132536
9781526132550
9781526152565
Publication
Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2019.
Manufacture
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2022
Copyright Notice Date
©2019.
Physical Description
1 online resource: illustrations, portraits; digital file(s).
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Notes
MUP 2020 titles.
Made available via: manchesterhive.
In English.
Description based on print version record.
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Summary
"Amid the growing political darkness of the late 1930s, a group of mostly Christian intellectuals met to diagnose the crises facing Europe and propose solutions. Assembled by leading missionary and ecumenist Joseph H. Oldham, it included prominent writers, thinkers and activists, notably T. S. Eliot, John Middleton Murry, Karl Mannheim and Michael Polanyi. Its efforts took on added intensity with the outbreak of the Second World War, and it continued into the post-war years of austerity and social reconstruction.The members of the 'Oldham group' saw faith as a uniquely powerful resource for cultural and social renewal. They engaged with the major issues, ideas and thinkers of the age, seeking ways to integrate diverse Christian viewpoints, reconcile faith and secular society and re-shape British society. Connected to their era's most influential Christian thinkers - such as Reinhold Niebuhr, William Temple and Jacques Maritain - the group represents a fascinating case study of those who sought to renew freedom in a dramatic confrontation with totalitarianism." -- Back cover.
'This study mediates a rich legacy of wisdom and still-relevant questions which readers will find both highly informative and intellectually stimulating for the contemporary discussion.' -- <i>Keith Clements, biographer of J. H. Oldham and former General Secretary for the Conference of European Churches</i>
'In this erudite and clearly argued book, John Carter Wood has done the valuable service of re-connecting a prominent circle of Christian thinkers to the wider intellectual history of the 1930s and 1940s.' -- <i>Pippa Catterall, Professor of History and Policy, University of Westminster</i>
In the 1930s and 1940s - amid the crises of totalitarianism, war and a perceived cultural collapse in the democratic West - a high-profile group of mostly Christian intellectuals met to map out 'middle ways' through the 'age of extremes'. Led by the missionary and ecumenist Joseph H. Oldham, the group included prominent writers, thinkers and activists such as T. S. Eliot, John Middleton Murry, Karl Mannheim, John Baillie, Alec Vidler, H. A. Hodges, Christopher Dawson, Kathleen Bliss and Michael Polanyi. The 'Oldham group' saw faith as a uniquely powerful resource for social and cultural renewal, and it represents a fascinating case study of efforts to renew freedom in a dramatic confrontation with totalitarianism. The group's story will appeal to those interested in the cultural history of the Second World War and the issue of applying faith to the 'modern' social order.
Variant and related titles
Project Muse books annual backfile collection 2022.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 17, 2023
Audience
Students and lecturers in intellectual, cultural and religious history, and those interested in theologically or religiously oriented forms of social critique.
Contents
Preface
The meetings of 'the Moot'
Introduction: 'This is your hour'
1. The 'Oldham group', 1937-49: people, organisations and aims
2. Explorations on the frontier, I Faith and the social order
3. Explorations on the frontier, II Engaging with 'the secular'
4. Between mammon and Marx: capitalism, Communism and 'planning for freedom'
5. 'The rock of human sanity stands in the sea where it always stood': nationalism, universalism and Europe
6. 'A new order of liberty': freedom, democracy and liberalism
7. 'The democratizing of aristocracy': egalitarianism and elitism
8. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.
Genre/Form
History.
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Manchester University Press, publisher.
Project Muse. distributor
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