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Confessing Church
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1. The Confessing Church arose in the 1930s in the Deutsche Evangelische Kirche, or German Evangelical Church (GEC), as various church groups opposed the penetration of the church by the spirit of National Socialism (Fascism). The Confessing Church made the claim that it alone was the true GEC.

On May 9, 1933, the Young Reformation Movement (under H. Lilje et al.) demanded the freedom of the church from all political influence but politically accepted the new German state. In the elections of July 23, 1933, the German Christians (GC) won a major victory that …

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Busch, Eberhard, “Confessing Church”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1094>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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