by Robert B. Slocum
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017
Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy (“Woodbine Willie”) was an Anglican priest and British Army chaplain who served heroically at the front during World War I. His poems and theological reflections were inspired by times of crisis and troubling questions he faced in the war. He came to see war as an unmitigated evil. He was a Christian advocate for peace, forgiveness, and social justice. His theology focuses on reconciling belief in God with the prevalence of evil (especially war). He finds the suffering love of God revealed in Jesus, the crucified God who shares our pains and trials with us.
CRUCIFIED GOD, FAITH AND SUFFERING, FAITH AND WAR, INDUSTRIAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, MILITARY CHAPLAINS, PROBLEM OF EVIL, STUDDERT KENNEDY, GEOFFREY ANKETELL, SUFFERING GOD, THEODICY, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – ARMISTIC MEMORIALS, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – RELIGIOUS MEANINGS