Preaching in Hitler's Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich

Preaching in Hitler's Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich

by Dean G. Stroud (Editor)

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Overview


What did German preachers opposed to Hitler say in their Sunday sermons? When the truth of Christ could cost a pastor his life, what words encouraged and challenged him and his congregation? This book answers those questions.

Preaching in Hitler's Shadow begins with a fascinating look at Christian life inside the Third Reich, giving readers a real sense of the danger that pastors faced every time they went into the pulpit. Dean Stroud pays special attention to the role that language played in the battle over the German soul, pointing out the use of Christian language in opposition to Nazi rhetoric.

The second part of the book presents thirteen well-translated sermons by various select preachers, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, and others not as well known but no less courageous. A running commentary offers cultural and historical insights, and each sermon is preceded by a short biography of the preacher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802869029
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Pages: 215
Sales rank: 347,542
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Dean G. Stroud is professor emeritus of German studies at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse. As a former Presbyterian pastor, he has long been interested in sermons preached by opposition pastors in Hitler's Germany.

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xi

Editor's Introduction

Historical Context: Preaching in the Third Reich 3

Why Read Sermons from Nazi Germany? 3

Evil Calling upon God 4

Hitler's Positive Christianity 6

Belief in Hitler 9

How Nazis Saw the World 13

Was Jesus Really a Jew? 17

A Faith for Weaklings 18

T4 19

The German Christian Movement 21

Martin Luther Day 1933 23

Confessing Christ 25

The Pastors' Emergency League 29

Enter Karl Barth 30

"Lord, Where Shall We Go?" 33

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the "Jewish Question" 36

The Nazi Persecution of the Jewish People 38

Bonhoeffer's Preaching 39

The Barmen Declaration 40

Barmen as Rhetorical Guide 41

Hearing the Sermons 42

Nazi Speech 43

Christian Rhetoric of Silence 45

Preaching as Provocation 47

Selected Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich

Gideon Dietrich Bonhoeffer 51

A Sermon about Jesus as a Jew Karl Barth 62

Christ Crossing the Stormy Lake and Jesus' Glory Paul Schneider 75

A Sermon about the Relevance of Christianity in Nazi Germany Martin Niemöller 85

A Sermon about Giving Thanks in the Third Reich Paul Schneider 94

O Land, Land, Land: Hear the Word of the Lord! Julius von Jan 106

A Sermon about Kristallnacht Helmut Gollwitzer 115

A Sermon about Faith as War Begins Helmut Gollwitzer 127

A Sermon for a Victim of Aktion T4 Gerhard Ebeling 135

A Sermon about the Parable of the Great Banquet Rudolf Bultmann 142

A Sermon about Aktion T4 Clemens August von Galen 156

The Way of True Faith Wilhelm Busch 170

Appendix: A Sermon about the Loyalty Oath to Adolf Hitler 177

Notes 187

Bibliography 198

Permissions 202

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