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Piper, Otto Alfred
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(Nov 29, 1891, Lichte, Thuringia – Feb 13, 1982, Princeton, USA). Piper’s mother, descended from French Huguenots, provided contacts with France that helped to shape his life. A forerunner of the youth movement, he expressed that generation’s typical criticism of capitalism and individualism. He was severely traumatized by voluntary service at the front, and in 1920, having gained his doctorate in Göttingen, he became a socialist advocate of pacifism and ecumenism (Ecumene). He rejected the identification of faith and politics made by Religious Soci…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Piper, Otto Alfred”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024574>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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