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The Book and the Sword

The Bible in the Experience and Legacy of the Great War

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Canon Professor Michael Snape

Canon Professor Michael Snape

Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies

Durham University


Michael Snape was educated at the University of Birmingham, and has held academic positions at Westhill College of Higher Education (1994-1999) and at the University of Birmingham (1999-2015). He has published extensively on Christianity and conflict in the modern world, and especially on the religious experience and impact of the First and Second World Wars in Great Britain and North America. He has a particular interest in the reception and use of the Bible in the British and American armed forces.

Key Publications

God and Uncle Sam: Religion and America’s Armed Forces in World War II, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015, xv + 704 pp. ISBN: 9781843838920.

‘War, Religion and Revival: the United States, British and Canadian Armies in the Second World War’ in C. Brown and M. Snape (eds), Secularisation in the Christian World, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 135-57. ISBN: 9780754661313.

The Back Parts of War: The YMCA memoirs and letters of Barclay Baron, 1915 to 1919, Church of England Record Society, Volume 16, 2009, xiii + 290 pp. ISBN: 9781843835196.

God and the British soldier: religion and the British Army in the First and Second World Wars, London: Routledge, 2005, xv + 315 pp. ISBN: 0415334527. Shortlisted for the Templer Medal for Military History in 2005.

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The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Sep 01, 2016

This event will take place on 11 October 2016 at St George's, Stockport

The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Jun 24, 2016

Taking place on 5th October, this study day for clergy will address key questions on the subject of remembrance.

Book and the Sword Film

Jun 15, 2016

Dr Nathan MacDonald and Dr Andrew Mein have released a film explaining the impetus for the project and the role of the Bible in World War I.

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