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By Matthew D. Hockenos

This publication heavily examines the turmoil within the German Protestant church buildings within the instant postwar years as they tried to come back to phrases with the hot prior. Reeling from the influence of conflict, the church buildings addressed the implications of cooperation with the regime and the remedy of Jews. In Germany, the Protestant Church consisted of 28 self reliant neighborhood church buildings. in the course of the Nazi years, those church buildings shaped into quite a few alliances. One staff, the German Christian Church, overtly aligned itself with the Nazis. the remainder have been carefully against the regime or attempted to stay noncommittal. the interior debates, even if, concerned each staff and based on problems with trust that have been vital to all. very important theologians reminiscent of Karl Barth have been instrumental in urgent those matters ahead. whereas no longer an exhaustive examine of Protestantism in the course of the Nazi years, A Church Divided breaks new floor within the dialogue of accountability, guilt, and the Nazi prior.

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48 As regrettable as the German Christian perversion of the law-gospel doctrine was, it did not justify a major change in the established doctrine. Barth’s undermining of the traditional distinction between law and gospel had equally troubling repercussions, as far as the conservative Lutherans were concerned, for understanding the rela- The Church Struggle | 27 tionship between church and state, which the highly controversial fifth thesis addressed. Of the six theses, the fifth is most important for an appreciation of the political and theological debates within the church in the aftermath of the war.

46 By arguing that the gospel was the source of the law, Barth hoped to block the linking of God’s law to the laws of man. ”47 The unity of gospel and law according to Barth was a theme that ran through the entire Barmen declaration. Thus, the premise of the second thesis is much the same as the first—to reinforce the infinite qualitative distinction between God and man. For conservative Lutherans, however, Barth’s reformulation was unacceptable. 48 As regrettable as the German Christian perversion of the law-gospel doctrine was, it did not justify a major change in the established doctrine.

Hitler was furious at Niemöller’s acquittal and the international support he received as a result of the trial. He ordered Niemöller locked up and held indefinitely. After eight months in Berlin’s Moabit prison, Niemöller spent the rest of the Third Reich in Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin and after 1941 in Dachau near Munich. 75 Hitler denied his request. Although Niemöller and some of his colleagues in the Dahlem wing distinguished themselves from their conservative colleagues by openly protesting the state’s church policy, the two wings were for the most part in agreement in their support for the war once it started.

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