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This year marks 100 years since the Armistice in November 1918 – the end of the Frist World War. Most assume the war caused widespread loss of religious belief in Britain, but in fact religion was vital to inspiring and sustaining the nation, especially the British Army.
Canon Michael Snape of Durham University will explore the theme of God and the British soldier during the First World War, and ask whether it is possible that this terrible moment in British history, far from being a faith-destroying experience, ultimately served to strengthen British religious life.
The lecture is followed by refreshments.
Canon Professor Michael Snape isDurham University’s inaugural Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies. He is a lay canon of Durham Cathedral and official historian of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department.
Michael studied his BA and PhD at the University of Birmingham. He was Lecturer in Church History at Westhill College of Higher Education from 1994 to 1999; Lecturer in Church History at the University of Birmingham from 1999 to 2004; and Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham from 2004 to 2010. Michael became Reader in Religion, War and Society at the University of Birmingham in 2010 before being appointed to Durham in 2015.