Bethel Confession
(228 words)

[German Version]

The Bethel confession was formulated in the latter half of 1933 under the guidance of F. v. Bodelschwingh, Jr. and at the instigation of the Reformed Youth Movement. It was an attempt to put forth a contemporary Lutheran confession of faith in rejection of “German Christian” tendencies ( Deutsche Christen ) and in opposition to the introduction of the Aryan paragraph in the statutes of the Evangelical Church. Yet the statements of solidarity with the discriminated-against Jews were so watered down by the time of the sixth and final version of the confession that D. Bonhoeff…

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Müller, Christine-Ruth, “Bethel Confession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 May 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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