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The Chocolate Soldier


The most well-known of Studd’s several books, The Chocolate Soldier, or, Heroism: The Lost Chord of Christianity, was published in 1912. In a brief survey of biblical ‘heroes’, Studd urges Christians to be ‘heroes’ and ‘soldiers’, not ‘Chocolate . . . dissolving in water and melting at the smell of fire’, afraid of radical obedience in service to Christ. Despite the scathing and sometimes sarcastic rhetoric, the little book proved inspirational for many Christians, both in Studd’s day and later.

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C. T. Studd

Charles Thomas Studd, often known as C. T. Studd, was a British missionary, a contributor to The Fundamentals, and a cricketer. In 1888, he married Priscilla Stewart, and their marriage produced four daughters, and two sons (who died in infancy). As a British Protestant Christian missionary to China he was part of the Cambridge…

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