To Thrash the Offending Adam Out of Them: The Theology of Violence in the Writings of Great War Anzacs
This book chapter was originally published as:
Reynaud, D., & Fernandez, J. (2014). To Thrash the Offending Adam out of Them: The Theology of Violence in the Writings of Great War Anzacs. In C.Hartney (Ed.), Secularisation: New historical perspectives (pp.134-150). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
The Anzac legend is often acclaimed as Australia’s unifying secular faith. However, there are significant connections between Christianity and Anzac. While the responses of the churches at home during the Great War have been well studied, this chapter examines the variety of the responses of Christian soldiers and chaplains at the front. In this context, this study engages Girard’s theory of sacralised violence as a framework for defining and critiquing religious responses to the war of fighting men. Was the war a crusade, a civilising mission, a just war, a necessary evil or something other?
Reynaud, Daniel and Fernandez-Goldborough, Jane L., "To Thrash the Offending Adam Out of Them: The Theology of Violence in the Writings of Great War Anzacs" (2014). Arts Book Chapters. 10.