Category Archives: christianity

Writing Passionate History: The Example of Jules Isaac

Must the writing of history always be undertaken in a spirit of cold detachment, or is there a legitimate place for the use of passion as a guiding force in the pursuit of historical inquiry? Traditional wisdom would suggest that … Continue reading

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Die Botschaft Gottes: A Translation of Introductory Material

In 1940, theologians from the Jena-based Institute for the Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life¬†published an edited version of New Testament titled Die Botschaft Gottes(The Message of God).¬†[1] The purpose of the translation was to offer German Christians … Continue reading

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Legacies of Sexual Abuse: My Experience

I. John came into my life when I was around 14. He had been invited to our Church as a guest speaker and had soon moved to our town to start a new life for himself. He was charismatic, friendly … Continue reading

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A Haunting in an Empty Church

When I was in primary school I used to practice my drums at Church. My Dad was the senior minister there, allowing me to be in the privileged position of being able to access the building out of hours. For … Continue reading

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On Becoming Who One Is

In 1971 the Who’s Pete Townshend wrote the following lyrics: ‘Please don’t say that you know me Cause I don’t even know myself.’ Known for his turbulent and often troubled life, Townshend’s angst and confusion reflect the difficult journey many … Continue reading

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Why Study the Nazi Church?

I have recently been asked on several occasions why I have decided to dedicate the next three years of my life to studying for a Ph.D. focussing the Lutheran State Church under Nazi rule. The question is asked by those … Continue reading

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Historical Interpretation and the Example of the Holocaust

In his brilliant panorama of German cultural and intellectual history, Peter Watson draws attention to a dimension of the Holocaust tragedy which is seldom acknowledged. The Holocaust, suggests Watson, ‘operates as an obstacle, a stumbling block, a reflecting mirror, that … Continue reading

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