New publication »This is Your Hour: Christian Intellectuals in Britain and the Crisis of Europe, 1937–49« by John Carter WoodJohn Carter Wood’s new book »This is Your Hour: Christian Intellectuals in Britain and the Crisis of Europe, 1937–49« has recently been published by Manchester University Press.
In the 1930s and 1940s – amid the crises of totalitarianism, war and a perceived cultural collapse in the democratic West – a high-profile group of mostly Christian intellectuals met to map out “middle ways” through the “age of extremes”. Led by the missionary and ecumenist Joseph H. Oldham, the group included prominent writers, thinkers and activists such as T. S. Eliot, John Middleton Murry, Karl Mannheim, John Baillie, Alec Vidler, H. A. Hodges, Christopher Dawson, Kathleen Bliss and Michael Polanyi. The “Oldham group” saw faith as a uniquely powerful resource for social and cultural renewal, and it represents a fascinating case study of efforts to renew freedom in a dramatic confrontation with totalitarianism.
John Carter Wood is a researcher at the Leibniz Institute of European History and an adjunct lecturer in modern history at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
John Carter Wood
This is Your Hour: Christian Intellectuals in Britain and the Crisis of Europe, 1937-49 (Hardback)
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 320