Senior Project Advisor

Ritter, Harry

Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2001

Keywords

Protestant churches, Nazi Germany

Abstract

"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves ... Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience."

This passage in Romans highlights the struggle many have faced over the centuries regarding the relationship between church and state. While most Christians believe that God has commanded them to obey the laws of their state, they do not know what to do if the law contradicts Biblical teachings. The Protestant churches within Germany faced this problem in the early twentieth century. They did not know whether to submit to the ruling legal authorities or stand up for the morals and beliefs that the church espoused. This moral dilemma led many to reconcile their beliefs with the Nazi laws, while others adamantly rejected government policies in order to stay true to their beliefs.

Department

History

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Rights Statement

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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