The Great Fight for Democracy, Religion, and the Home: The Committee to Oppose the Conscription of Women and the Secularization Process, 1942-1944

TitleThe Great Fight for Democracy, Religion, and the Home: The Committee to Oppose the Conscription of Women and the Secularization Process, 1942-1944
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMay, Isaac Barnes
JournalPeace & Change
Volume42
Issue1
Start Page64
Pagination64 - 92
Date Published01/2017
Abstract

This study examines a peace group created during the Second World War, the Committee Opposed to the Conscription of Women ( COCW), in order to reframe the apparent secularization of activism in the postwar period. Despite the fact that the COCW did not openly use religious rhetoric, it was a liberal religious project and part of what Patricia Appelbaum describes as 'Protestant Pacifist culture.' Its members professed religious commitments, and the organization spread its message through religious channels, yet these arguments were stripped of religious language. The complex character of the COCW suggests a need to reconsider scholars' current periodization of the secularization of liberal religious denominations and organizations. The brief history of the COCW indicates that this process had earlier roots than scholars have identified. 

URLhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/pech.12218
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