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Church in Socialism,
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[German Version]

term for the political position of the Evangelical churches in the German Democratic Republic. While the SED (Socialist Unity Party) state used the formula to oblige the churches to accept socialism, for the churches it served a variety of functions. In the first instance, the churches used it to signal their renunciation of public opposition to GDR socialism and thus their fundamental loyalty to the system of the GDR. At the same time, the formula avoided acclamation. It did not signify a preferential option for socialism. Above all, it put for…

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Pollack, Detlef, “Church in Socialism,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11600>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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