CC 300 FX - German Christians and Nazi Germany

3 Credits
MWF 12:55-1:45 pm - Professor Becker
Cross-listed with THEO 329AX and THEO 529X
Fulfills upper level theology requirement.

More than sixty years after its destruction, Nazi Germany continues to be a topic of interest to both historians and the public at large. Of particular concern are the actions of Christians in Germany during the Third Reich. This course examines those actions, focusing especially on the struggle for control of the churches in Germany from the Wilhelmine era to 1950. Participants will explore the roots of the struggle in pre-1914 Germany, the role of antisemitism in German society, World War I and the experience of defeat, church-state controversies during the Weimar Republic, the German Christian movement, the Confessing Church movement, congregations and state churches in the Nazi state, and the reconstruction of the German churches in the shadow of World War II and the Holocaust. Significant attention will be given to several representative German Lutheran theologians and their actions and writings before, during, and shortly after the Nazi period.