The Span of the Cross

Christian Religion and Society in Wales, 1914-2000

D. Densil Morgan

The Span of the Cross

D. Densil Morgan

Distributed for University of Wales Press

310 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780708323977 Published July 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Span of the Cross is the first full-length study of the history of Christianity in twentieth-century Wales, a period that saw the trauma of two world wars, economic depression, political change, and increasingly secular attitudes. Beginning with a description of religion and its place in society in 1914, the book assesses the effect of the Great War on people’s spiritual convictions and practices. Further discussions include the state of the disestablished church in Wales, the interwar crisis of nonconformity, the churches’ response to economic dislocation, and the role of religion in the twenty-first century. This edition includes a new introduction by the author.


List of illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition (2011)
Introduction: a faith for the third millennium

1. The state of religion in 1914
2. Christianity and the First World War, 1914–1918
3. Anglicanism and Catholicism, 1920–1945
4. Nonconformity 1920–1945: confessing the faith
5. Nonconformity 1920–1945: responding to the secular challenge
6. Reconstruction and crisis, 1945–1962
7. Uncharted waters, 1962–1979
8. Towards the new Wales, 1979–2000


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