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Defending the Faith – Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century - British Academy Scholarship Online
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Defending the Faith: Global Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Todd Weir and Hugh McLeod


This volume explores how conflicts between secularist ideologies and religious faiths shaped global history in the twentieth century. The chapters approach the dynamic effects of these struggles by focussing on ‘apologetics’, i.e. the discourses, strategies and institutions deployed by religious and secularist actors on the front lines to articulate the faith and defend against the enemy. From the futurology of HG Wells to Cold War evangelicalism to the contentious negotiations over Islam between Communists and the royal house in 1970s Morocco, apologetics is here revealed to be a key site int ... More

Keywords: Twentieth Century History, Global History, Religion and Politics, Apologetics, Secularism and Religion

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266915
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Weir, editor
University of Groningen

Hugh McLeod, editor
University of Birmingham

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Part I Apologetics in Interwar Europe

Part II Transnational Apologetics during the Cold War

Part III Apologetics since the 1960s

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