How the WW1 pastor known as ‘Woodbine Willie’ influenced 21st-century Christianity

Historian and author Linda Parker has written an exclusive thought-leader about World War One hero Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, popularly known as Woodbine Willie, for one of the UK’s leading Christian publications.

Kennedy, who died in 1929 at the age of 45, is remembered today as one of the Britain’s most important modern theologians and is, arguably, the most famous army chaplain of the First World War.

He received his nickname through his habit of handing out cigarettes and Bibles to troops on the front lines, and served in the trenches himself, receiving the Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty”.

In the article, which you can read HERE, Parker – a respected authority on the history of army chaplaincy in both world wars – examines how Studdert’s progressive thinking has influenced the face of modern Christianity.

Her latest book, A Seeker After Truthsis a detailed biography of Studdert Kennedy that calls upon his writings and previously unpublished material to examine his life and legacy.

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