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Evangelisch-Sozialer Kongreß
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[German Version]

(ESK; Protestant Social Congress). E. Troeltsch described the ESK as an institution designed to “deal with all the basic problems of ethics with theoretical or practical significance” (Soziallehren, 593) in light of the modern situation. In the fluid socio-political climate around 1890, A. Stoecker, A. Wagner, and L. Weber came forward, founding the ESK “to unite all social Christians in a neutral working forum” (Brakelmann, 177). Once the reservations of A. v. Harnack regarding the possibility of being co-opted into partisan politics had been satisfied, the ESK wa…

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Jähnichen, Traugott, “Evangelisch-Sozialer Kongreß”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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