World War I and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific

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World War I and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific

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Encyclopedia Entry

Publication Date

2020

Encyclopedia Title

Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists

ISSN

2690-8514

Keywords

World War One, south Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, SDA church

Abstract

The First World War (1914-1918) radically affected New Zealand and Australian society, but its impact on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the region was limited by its geographic remoteness from the theaters of conflict and the Church’s circumspection over participation in the war. While almost all other religious groups actively promoted the war and the enlistment of their young men, the denomination walked a largely successful but very fine line between loyalty to the government and opposition to a worldly war that conflicted with the Church’s global mission and vision. Church leaders managed ultimately successful negotiations with governments to ensure that military service requirements accommodated Adventist positions on non-combatancy and the Sabbath. As far as possible, the Church remained firmly fixed on its mission, which by global standards was relatively unaffected by the war or by government policies.

Disciplines

History of Religion | History of the Pacific Islands | Military History | Religion

ANZSRC / FoR Code

210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), 210311 New Zealand History, 210313 Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori), 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

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B1

Field of Education

09 Society and Culture

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Permanent

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Before publication

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

World War I and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific

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