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The East German Church and the End of Communism - John P. Burgess

The East German Church and the End of Communism

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Published: 1st May 1997
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This book addresses the role of religion in the massive political changes that took place in Eastern Europe in 1989. In particular, it examines the role played by the East German church in that country's bloodless revolution. Although some scholars and political commentators have noted that the East German church provided a free space in which dissident groups could meet, they have neither described nor assessed the theology that guided the church's political involvement. Drawing on his own research in East Germany and relying primarily on sources published in East Germany itself, John Burgess demonstrates the roots of the church's theology in Barth, Bonhoeffer, and in the Barmen declaration, which in 1934 pronounced Christianity and Nazi ideology to be incompatible. He explores how the dissident groups drew on church symbols and language to develop a popular alternative theology, and finally shows how the theological tension between the church and the dissidents provided impulses for political democratization.

"...this is a highly informative and well-reflected book examining a sample of East German Protestant theology before and after 1989."--German Studies Review "informative and insightful"-Gregory Baum, McGill University "...this is a highly informative and well-reflected book examining a sample of East German Protestant theology before and after 1989."--German Studies Review "The author's scholarship is sound and up-to-date,...he gives a broad review of differing positions within church and state during the democratization of East Germany, the most important contribution of the work."--Religious Studies Review

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Church and State in Contextp. 1
The Limits of Dialogue East German Marxist-Leninist Thinkers and the Future of Religionp. 3
The Language of Liberation the Church as a Free Spacep. 19
The Church and the Peaceful Revolutionp. 43
The Church as a Religious and Political Forcep. 45
Preparing for the Fall the Church and Its Groupsp. 60
The Shape and Limits of the Church's Contributions to Democratizationp. 74
The Church and the New Democratic Orderp. 89
Theologians and the Renewal of Democratic Political Institutionsp. 91
Coming to Terms with the Past the Church, the State, and the Stasip. 105
Church and Politics in a Secular World the Theology of Wolf Krötkep. 122
Epilogue After the Wallp. 137
Notesp. 143
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780195110982
ISBN-10: 0195110986
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st May 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.53  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.38