Protestants in Communist East Germany
In the Storm of the World
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|Format:||Hardback, 220 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 28 September 2010|
This is the story of how the Protestants in the GDR struggled to survive while striving to put their theology into practice and remaining true to their vision of what the role of the church should be - a 'church for others', as Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it. Having taken the reader from the foundation of the GDR, through the peaceful revolution, to the unification of Germany, the story ends with some reflections on the church's past as well as on the challenges it faces in present-day Europe. "Protestants in Communist East Germany" makes a unique contribution to existing literature by drawing not only on written sources but on a series of first-hand interviews with theologians, pastors and lay people of different ages whose experiences, views and analyses bring the story to life. The East German church's relationship to the state will probably always remain controversial and the vision for a different socialism in the GDR espoused by those involved in the peaceful revolution may now be considered illusionary. Nevertheless, many of the issues raised by the Protestants in the GDR remain as vital challenges to the churches in Europe today.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Paul Oestreicher; Preface; Revolution by candlelight; Early challenges to the church; 'Church within socialism'; Battle for the hearts and minds of the young; Daily life; Seeds of the revolution; Fall of the Berlin Wall and hopes for the future; Unification of Germany; Dealing with the past; References and further reading; Index.
About the Author
Wendy Tyndale has worked with the Catholic Diocese of San Marcos in Guatemala; was Coordinator and then researcher for the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD); Represented Christian Aid based in Guatemala; was Head of Christian Aid's Latin America Department based in London; worked for Amnesty International in Bonn.
|Publisher: ||Ashgate Publishing Limited|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 centimeters|