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God and the Soldier

God and the Soldier

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BY NORMAN MACLEAN, D.D.

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J. R. P. SCLATER, D.D.

BY NORMAN MACLEAN, D.D.

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J. R. P. SCLATER, D.D.

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God and the Soldier
BY ORMA MACLEA, D.D.ADJ. R. P. SCLATER, D.D.HODDER AD STOUGHTOLODO EW YORK TOROTOMCMXVIIPrefaceThis book had its origin in one of the greatcamps in France where some of the chaplainshad a weekly meeting presided over by theRev. J. Harry Miller, one of the senior chap-lains. At these meetings the -problems whichconfront the soldiers and the Church werefreely discussed. At a time when the writerswere working in that camp the one as theDirector of Religious Services in behalf of theY.M.C.A. and the other as preacher and lec-turer with the Scottish Churches Huts theywere invited to open these discussions onalternate weeks. The addresses then deliveredare now published in this form at the sug-gestion of those who took part in the discus-sions.The authors do not pretend to have arrivedat any final conclusions. They only hopethat these addresses will indicate the directionPrefacein which they found their thoughts moving
 
when in touch with the grim realities of war.They do not claim to have given an answer tothe questions which the war has evoked frommany troubled hearts ; they are only able toshow how urgent these questions are.The different chapters were written withoutthe advantage of mutual consultation, andthey now appear with but slight alterations.If this book but show how the writers' mindswere stirred by contact with the great army,and by intercourse with the men who aregarrisoning its soul, and if it will lead others,with greater experience and fuller knowledge,to express frankly their thoughts on theseproblems, their purpose will have been served.. M.J. R. P. S.Edinburgh,October zjth, 1917.CHAPTER IIS GOD TO BLAME ? 15CHAPTER IITHE UEDIG WAR - 47CHAPTER IIIREDEMPTIO - - 77CHAPTER IVWHAT GARRISOS THE HEART 93CHAPTER VTHE GOOD MA - 125CHAPTER VITHE SWORD OF THE SAITS 149
 
ContentsCHAPTER VIIIMMORTALITY -CHAPTER VIIITHE LAST ISSUECHAPTER IXTHE CHURCH -CHAPTER XTHE LAST JUDGMET -Is God to blame ?CHAPTER IIS GOD TO BLAME ?SOME chaplains tell us that theological ques-tions are not rife in the minds of soldiers ;and that, amongst the rest, the problem of the Sovereignty of Divine Love over a world,in which this war has come to be, is of littleconcern to them. I think we may reasonablydoubt that opinion partly because it is in-conceivable that those who see the horrorsof war face to face should not find foodfor thought concerning the world-governmentwhich permits them, and partly because wehave direct evidence to the contrary. Incertain instances, soldiers have been known todiscuss this matter for long stretches of time,and sermons and addresses upon it, providedthey were frank and open, never failed to rivetattention. But, for the most part, the man'5

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