The Barmen Theses Then and Now: The 2004 Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary

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In 1934 Christian churches in Germany faced strong pressure to conform their belief and practice to the pillars of Nazi thinking — respect for the authority of the Führer and fervent devotion to the history and culture of the German race. Defying this ideological agenda, leaders in the German Evangelical Church responded by adopting the Barmen Declaration. This bold statement of dissent, grounded in the authority of Scripture, has since become a powerful model for the contemporary confession of the Christian ...
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Overview

In 1934 Christian churches in Germany faced strong pressure to conform their belief and practice to the pillars of Nazi thinking — respect for the authority of the Führer and fervent devotion to the history and culture of the German race. Defying this ideological agenda, leaders in the German Evangelical Church responded by adopting the Barmen Declaration. This bold statement of dissent, grounded in the authority of Scripture, has since become a powerful model for the contemporary confession of the Christian faith against modern forms of skepticism and unbelief.
In The Barmen Theses Then and Now Eberhard Busch demonstrates to a new generation how that key German confession during a specific time of crisis can guide Christians everywhere today. He interprets each of the six theses in its original context — Nazi Germany — and then applies it to crucial cultural and political challenges facing Christianity in our time.

“Eberhard Busch makes an important contribution to our understanding of the events in Germany that led to the writing of the Barmen Declaration in 1934 — the response of a small group of Protestants to the emergence of Hitler and the Nazi Party. Even more importantly, Busch demonstrates the relevance of Barmen for many issues confronting the church today — such issues as the relation between Christians and Jews, the meaning of Christian freedom, the church and its mission, the role of the laity, and the task of the church in the political order. In Busch's able hands Barmen becomes a living voice that is no less important for the church today than it was for Christians in the 1930s.”
— George Stroup Columbia Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802866172
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eberhard Busch is professor emeritus of Reformed theology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. A onetime student of and personal assistant to Karl Barth, he is also the son of one of the Barmen Declaration's original signers. His other books include Drawn to Freedom: Christian Faith Today in Conversation with the Heidelberg Catechism and The Great Passion: An Introduction to Karl Barth's Theology.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Daniel L. Migliore vii

Translators' Notes xii

The Barmen Theological Declaration in May 1934-Its Formulation and Significance 1

Thesis 1 Jesus Christ as the One Word of God and the Jews as the Elect People of God 19

Thesis 2 The Rigorous Gospel and the Gracious Law 35

Thesis 3 The One Lord in the Fellowship of Brothers and Sisters 49

Thesis 4 Responsible Church Membership 61

Thesis 5 The Public Worship of God in the Political World 71

Thesis 6 The Mission of the Church in the World of Religion 87

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