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Pacifism, 1937-1956

MS. Coulson 112

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Folder D.5.1: 'Science and Life - The Ultimate Responsibility'. Broadcast by Coulson, 1 January 1952, with later broadcast of a discussion between Coulson and Professor K. Mather on the same subject, 15 January 1952. Typescripts and transcripts.

Folder D.5.2: 'The morality of atomic warfare', 1954. Ms. and typescript of Coulson's contribution to a special issue of Atomic Scientists' Journal. Editorial correspondence and some printed material on the subject.

Folder D.5.3: 'Living in an Atomic Age'. Ms. notes, supporting material and typescripts of lecture by Coulson to Birmingham Teachers' Annual Conference, April 1956. (One typescript is perhaps a transcript, while the other is for publication.)

Folder D.5.4: 'Creation, the Expanding Universe and the Christian', 1954. Lengthy (20 pp.) ms. of a contribution to a book on science and religion (probably never published). Includes related correspondence.

Folder D.5.5: Shorter talks, addresses, sermons, writings, on pacifism, social responsibility of science, etc.:
  1. 'The Magnitude of our Task', c.1954
  2. 'What does a Christian Pacifist Want to Do?', address at Kingsway Hall, 1954
  3. 'Moral Responsibility of Science', 1954
  4. 'Scientific Curiosity and Christian Belief', c.1955
  5. 'The Atomic Age', c.1954
  6. 'Atomic Quest', introduction to a book of the same title by A.H. Compton, 1956
  7. 'Christianity and an Atomic Age', various sets of notes for talks delivered on numerous occasions
Folder D.5.6: 'Contributions of science to peace'. Alex Wood Memorial Lecture, London, 1953, sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Working notes, background material, manuscript. Folder includes copies of Alex Wood Memorial Lectures, delivered in 1952 by Canon C.E. Raven and in 1954 by Kathleen Lonsdale.

Folders D.5.7-D.5.9:

Three large folders of printed material (press-cuttings, articles from journals, brochures, pamphlets, etc.) assembled by Coulson for his writings on pacifism, social responsibility of science, humanitarian and educational causes.

Folder D.5.7 includes numerous sets of ms. and typescript notes by Coulson with such titles as 'History and a way out for Europe', 'Conflict in Europe', 'Can America Keep out of the War?', 'My philosophy of peace', 'Function of the League', 'Spiritual basis of new peace movement'. These were prepared by Coulson for talks and addresses delivered during his visit to the U.S.A. in 1937 to speak for the Emergency Peace Campaign.


  • 1937-1956


9 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Coulson 112

Former reference:

CSAC 60/4/78/D.5/1-9.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom