A typology of church attitudes towards the state with special reference to the German church controversy, 1933-1945.
Meinardus, Otto Friedrich August
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The purpose of this investigation is to trace the development of the various attitudes of the church towards the state and to establish some definite attitudinal types with special reference to the church controversy in Germany from 1933 - 1945. On account of the complexity of the subject, the study makes use of three disciplines: theology, history of religion and sociology of religion. The church controversy in Germany will enter the history of the universal church as a twentieth century revelation of the original problem of the attitude of the Christian Church towards the state. The attitudes of opposition, accommodation, co-ordination and identification express each in its own way the desire to find a solution to the perplexing problem of the relationship of the two institutions. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University