3 August 2014, Chris Pilkington and “Marking the Great War”

Chris Pilkington’s service marked the 100 year centenary of the outbreak of WWI. Denominational press of the time showed a general support, indicating a respect for the state and its decisions, at least at the start of the conflict. As the war progressed, Nonconformist churches were forced to confront large questions for which they were unprepared- about the basic goodness of man and his God. By 1916, the Liberal Christian Peace Fellowship was declaring that “War, and the preparation for war, is irreconcilable with the teachings Christ.” While it is important not to whitewash the past, Chris urged us to remember to take notice of what it meant for many: a personal sacrifice in the hope of a better future.

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