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By John P. Burgess

This publication addresses the function of faith within the tremendous political alterations that came about in jap Europe in 1989. specifically, it examines the function performed by way of the East German church in that country's cold revolution. even supposing a few students and political commentators have famous that the East German church supplied a loose house during which dissident teams might meet, they've got neither defined nor assessed the theology that guided the church's political involvement. Drawing on his personal study in East Germany and depending totally on assets released in East Germany itself, John Burgess demonstrates the roots of the church's theology in Barth, Bonhoeffer, and within the Barmen statement, which in 1934 reported Christianity and Nazi ideology to be incompatible. He explores how the dissident teams drew on church symbols and language to improve a favored replacement theology, and at last exhibits how the theological stress among the church and the dissidents supplied impulses for political democratization.

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