'Captains of the Soul': The Historical Context of Australian Army Chaplaincy, 1913-2013

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Abstract

How have chaplains lived up to their high calling among Australian soldiers? In other words, to what extent has the Australian Army chaplain been a ‘captain of the soul’ over the last one hundred years? And what has that looked like in reality? How has it changed over time? How has the RAAChD developed to facilitate the chaplains’ vocation. The chaplain has a dual role in the Army: first, as a spiritual and moral leader; and second, as a military officer. There are possible tensions that this dual role might entail, not least that of the chaplain’s service of two masters, God and Caesar. This article considers some ways in which these roles have changed over the last century. This article will also chart the historical development of the RAAChD before attempting to assess the impact and contribution of Army chaplains over the last hundred years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Army Chaplaincy Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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