German Christians
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1. Definition

The German Christians (GCs) were clergy and laypeople in the Protestant church of Nazi Germany who believed that the National Socialist revolution would restore the church to its rightful place at the heart of German culture and society. Distinguishing between the “invisible” and the “visible” church, they argued that the church on earth was based on divinely ordained distinctions of race and ethnicity (Racism). The GCs set out to build a heroic, ma…

Cite this page
Pierard, Richard V., “German Christians”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G36>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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