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Darmstadt Declaration
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The Darmstadt Declaration was issued on August 8, 1947, by the Bruderrat (leaders of the Confessing Church), concerning “the political path of our people.” It was based on drafts by H. J. Iwand (1899–1960), M. Niemöller (1892–1984), and K. Barth (1886–1968). It followed up on the Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt (1945) but dealt with the causes of the guilt of church and people in the time of National Socialist rule (Fascism; Church Struggle). It found these in the older political mistakes of accepting power politics, of forming fronts “of the good against the evil,” and of the conservatives’…

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Busch, Eberhard, “Darmstadt Declaration”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D18>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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