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In Retirement 1915–1938

J.F. COAKLEY

in The Church of the East and the Church of England

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198267447
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267447.003.0008
In Retirement 1915–1938

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This chapter details the final years of the Assyrian Mission. After the First World War, the Syrians' cause was more in the public mind than ever. But the Syrians — or ‘Assyrians’, as they were now more regularly called — were seen as a ‘nation’ rather than a church, and relations with them were now a political or at any rate humanitarian matter, rather than an ecclesiastical one as before. Archbishop Davidson remained keenly interested in the Assyrians, and his successor, Cosmo Gordon Lang, took over the responsibility for them which by now was inseparable from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office. But for the most part Davidson and Lang acted as spokesmen for the British Christian conscience rather than as proprietors of a particular mission. The Mission Committee itself never quite disbanded until 1938, but in spite of attempts to restart its work in the field it never found an opportunity to do so.

Keywords: Assyrian Mission; First World War; Syrians; refugees; Wigram

Chapter.  11293 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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