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The British People and the League of NationsDemocracy, Citizenship and Internationalism, c. 1918–45$
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Helen McCarthy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086168

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086168.001.0001

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Members one of another: Christianity, religion and the League

Members one of another: Christianity, religion and the League

(p.79) 3 Members one of another: Christianity, religion and the League
The British People and the League of Nations

Helen McCarthy

Manchester University Press

This chapter reveals that the League's movement cultivated sizeable Anglican and Free Church followings in England and Wales, benefiting from but also contributing to the drive towards ecumenical co-operation after the war. It also shows that the League movement's message of Christian internationalism became a constitutive element of the public culture of religiosity. The greater affinity between the Free Churches and the League was the legacy of pre-war political nonconformity. The League of Nations Union (LNU) branches were more commonly met with a wall of silence when approaching local Roman Catholic churches. The Religions and Ethics Committee was never amongst the LNU's most active bodies. The LNU stood as testimony to the diversity of spiritual life in interwar Britain and the possibilities of ecumenical and inter-faith co-operation. Christianity was the national religious creed with which the vast majority of the population identified, including those who rarely, if ever, attended church.

Keywords:   League of Nations Union, Christian internationalism, Christianity, Anglican Church, Free Church, England, Wales, Religions and Ethics Committee, Roman Catholic churches

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