By Matthew D. Hockenos
This publication heavily examines the turmoil within the German Protestant church buildings within the quick postwar years as they tried to come back to phrases with the new previous. Reeling from the influence of battle, the church buildings addressed the implications of cooperation with the regime and the therapy of Jews. In Germany, the Protestant Church consisted of 28 self reliant local church buildings. in the course of the Nazi years, those church buildings shaped into numerous alliances. One workforce, the German Christian Church, brazenly aligned itself with the Nazis. the remainder have been carefully against the regime or attempted to stay noncommittal. the interior debates, although, concerned each crew and situated on problems with trust that have been vital to all. vital theologians akin to Karl Barth have been instrumental in urgent those matters ahead. whereas now not an exhaustive learn of Protestantism through the Nazi years, A Church Divided breaks new floor within the dialogue of accountability, guilt, and the Nazi previous.
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Ultimately, Sasse chose not to support the ﬁnal draft and left the synod before the ﬁnal vote was taken. Despite the presence of Lutherans on the theological committee, scholars agree that Barth was the principal author of the declaration. The ﬁrst thesis grounded the church in a theology centered on Christ and committed the church’s proclamation to the principle of sola scriptura, based on Scripture alone. The second article asserted that Christ’s message, which unites God’s grace and God’s law, had authority in all areas and aspects of life.
7 In Bavaria, Bishop Meiser had pastors read a statement from the pulpit on Easter Sunday 1933 lauding the new state: A state which brings into being again government according to God’s Laws should, in doing so, be assured not only of the applause but also of the glad and active cooperation of the Church. 10 Thus, alongside far less reputable churchmen in the ultranationalist and fanatically antisemitic German Christian movement— for example, pastor Joachim Hossenfelder (1899–1976), a thirty-three-year-old ﬁrebrand and ardent Nazi, and Ludwig Müller (1883–1945), a former naval chaplain who would become Reich bishop in fall 1933—respectable and inﬂuential authorities in the church also applauded the National Socialist government.
Barmen, they argued, laid out the Confessing Church’s theology, and Dahlem its praxis. The authors of the Barmen declaration asserted that the gospel of Jesus Christ was the one word that the church must hear and obey. The Dahlemites put this into practice by contending that the basis of the Reich church was something other than the gospel and that therefore it was their duty as true Christians to sever ties with the leadership of the Reich church and to erect new laws and bodies that corresponded with the gospel.
A Church Divided: German Protestants Confront the Nazi Past by Matthew D. Hockenos