Essay heading: A Commentary on "Death So Noble"
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October 22, 1997
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Common to all Christian faiths is the belief that Christ was sacrificed to absolve the sins of humanity. What more noble comparison could arise than the soldier as Christ? To grieve was acceptable but "by offering what was most precious to them, these people had partaken of Christ's sacrifice." Not simply an idea put forth to comfort those left behind at home, as a motif it appeared in sermons, paintings, speeches and dedications...
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Inherent in the parallel with Christ are the ideas of resurrection and ascension. Those 60,000 fallen could not simply be lying in cold ground somewhere overseas, delivery straight into the welcoming arms of angels was the only palatable result.
The prevalence of the soldier as Christ imagery could not be interpreted to mean that the spiritual were the sole beneficiaries or architects of the myth...
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